Definition of metabolism
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 : metamorphosis 2 —usually used in combination holometabolism
Examples of metabolism in a Sentence
studying the metabolisms of various organisms
Recent Examples of metabolism from the Web
Recent studies suggest that kind of stress changes the body’s metabolism and contributes to internal inflammation, which can raise risk for developing diabetes and heart disease.
Researchers found that people who spent at least 68 minutes a day engaged in physical activity at a moderate level—the equivalent of a brisk walk—had better glucose metabolism in all of those regions than those who spent less time doing so.
Glucose: All were within normal limits at both onset and midpoint of challenge Resting metabolism: Results have been split almost down the middle for resting energy expenditure (calories burned at rest).
A second type churned out all the proteins that allow cells to use vitamin B12, an essential molecule for metabolism.
Now combine all that with the inevitable transition from a helter-skelter campaign metabolism to the grinding process of governance.
The summer peak occurs when the water warms, boosting the metabolism of the fish, but prior to the bait fish hatching.
Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is conducting another trial to determine if Invokana also offers significant protection for the kidneys, said James List, head of cardiovascular and metabolism at the company’s Janssen unit.
But for autoimmune disease, and with regard to metabolism, there’s a tremendous amount of evidence.
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METABOLISM Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of metabolism for Students
: the processes by which a living organism uses food to obtain energy and build tissue and disposes of waste material
Medical Definition of metabolism
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 metabolism—Bulletin 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: metamorphosis 2—usually used in combination holometabolism
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