metabolic

adjective met·a·bol·ic \ ˌme-tə-ˈbä-lik \

Definition of metabolic

:of, relating to, or based on metabolism

metabolically

play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of metabolic

1841


METABOLIC Defined for Kids

metabolic

adjective met·a·bol·ic \ ˌme-tə-ˈbä-lik \

Definition of metabolic for Students

:of or relating to metabolism
  • metabolic activity

Medical Dictionary

metabolic

adjective met·a·bol·ic \ ˌmet-ə-ˈbäl-ik \

medical Definition of metabolic

1 :of, relating to, or based on metabolism
2 :vegetative 1a(2) used especially of a cell nucleus that is not dividing

metabolically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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