metabolism

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noun me·tab·o·lism \mə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of metabolism

  1. 1a :  the sum of the processes in the buildup and destruction of protoplasm; specifically :  the chemical changes in living cells by which energy is provided for vital processes and activities and new material is assimilated (see 1assimilate 1b) Regular exercise can help to increase your metabolism.b :  the sum of the processes by which a particular substance is handled in the living bodyc :  the sum of the metabolic activities taking place in a particular environment the metabolism of a lake

  2. 2 :  metamorphosis 2 —usually used in combination holometabolism

Examples of metabolism in a Sentence

  1. studying the metabolisms of various organisms

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Origin and Etymology of metabolism

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek metabolē change, from metaballein to change, from meta- + ballein to throw — more at devil


First Known Use: 1878

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METABOLISM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of metabolism for English Language Learners

  • biology : the chemical processes by which a plant or an animal uses food, water, etc., to grow and heal and to make energy


METABOLISM Defined for Kids

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noun me·tab·o·lism \mə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of metabolism for Students

  1. :  the processes by which a living organism uses food to obtain energy and build tissue and disposes of waste material


Medical Dictionary

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noun me·tab·o·lism \mə-ˈtab-ə-ˌliz-əm\

Medical Definition of metabolism

  1. 1a:  the sum of the processes in the buildup and destruction of protoplasm; specifically :  the chemical changes in living cells by which energy is provided for vital processes and activities and new material is assimilated methods of determining body and tissue metabolismBulletin of the University of Kentucky—see anabolism, catabolismb:  the sum of the processes by which a particular substance is handled (as by assimilation and incorporation or by detoxification and excretion) in the living body the metabolism of iodine in the thyroid

  2. 2:  metamorphosis 2—usually used in combination holometabolism



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