met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ˌme-tə-ˈbä-lik \

Definition of metabolic 

: of, relating to, or based on metabolism

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Other Words from metabolic

metabolically \ -​li-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Here, researchers looked at participants’ BMI category and fitness level (measured by a treadmill test) as well as metabolic health markers (such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 But the metabolic illness struck and sidelined him for seven months, and an erratic season this year failed to convince. Christophe Beaudufe,, "Gotze, from World Cup glory to soccer hell in four years," 13 July 2018 The researchers are also using their approach to examine metabolic changes, injecting mice with insulin or glucose and looking for vagal responses. Tim Hornyak, Scientific American, "Could Future Nerve Implants Detect and Monitor Illness?," 10 May 2018 Scientists knew that nonstandard schedules increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic conditions. Alex Kingsbury,, "Digestive cycles out of order," 13 July 2018 The end result is expressed as a metabolic equivalent — MET — the ratio between the metabolic rate of the sport in question and the rate when sitting. Tom Avril,, "World Cup athletes burn a lot of energy. But some sports are even more demanding," 6 July 2018 Often people who work out regularly emit more lactic acid, as well as people who have higher metabolic rates. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Here’s Why You Are a Mosquito Magnet," 5 July 2018 The keto diet is all about proteins and extra fat — with very little carbs — to get to a state of ketosis, a metabolic process where the body burns fat instead of glucose for energy. Michele Corriston,, "Mama June Posts Old Swimsuit Photo After Gaining 25 Lbs. Back: 'I'm Still Beautimess!'," 4 July 2018 Even worse, we are also wired to conserve energy—that is, be lazy—creating a metabolic double jeopardy. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of metabolic

1841, in the meaning defined above

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met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ˌme-tə-ˈbä-lik \

Kids Definition of metabolic

: of or relating to metabolism metabolic activity


met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ˌmet-ə-ˈbäl-ik \

Medical Definition of metabolic 

1 : of, relating to, or based on metabolism

2 : vegetative sense 1a(2) used especially of a cell nucleus that is not dividing

Other Words from metabolic

metabolically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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