metabolite

noun
me·​tab·​o·​lite | \-ˌlīt \

Definition of metabolite 

1 : a product of metabolism

2 : a substance essential to the metabolism of a particular organism or to a particular metabolic process

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Guerrero tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine at a World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Swiss tribunal clears Peru captain Guerrero to play World Cup," 31 May 2018 If the metabolite could hang around on a person for centuries before cocaine even existed, surely, the lawyers argued, an adverse finding in Guerrero's case wasn't so unusual. Henry Young, CNN, "Paolo Guerrero's shattered World Cup dream prompts calls for anti-doping reform," 22 May 2018 Guerrero tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, at a World Cup qualifying game against Argentina in October. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Peru captain Guerrero out of World Cup after ban extenson," 16 May 2018 Besides the endocannabinoid changes, there were shifts in certain metabolites related to the steroid system and fatty acid metabolism. Amy Norton, chicagotribune.com, "Coffee may affect metabolism more than previously thought," 21 Mar. 2018 Tests for a metabolite that is in heroin dropped by 11 percent from 2016 to 2017, a three-year low. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "More U.S. workers test positive for meth, cocaine and marijuana, study says," 14 May 2018 The metabolites, Mazmanian adds, may send a signal through the vagus nerve or bypass it completely through another pathway such as the bloodstream. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Does Parkinson’s Begin in the Gut?," 8 May 2018 For example, coffee cut levels of certain metabolites related to the endocannabinoid system — the same system affected by marijuana. Amy Norton, chicagotribune.com, "Coffee may affect metabolism more than previously thought," 21 Mar. 2018 Peru's all-time top scorer is presently banned from the Russia 2018 World Cup after testing positive for the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, following a World Cup qualifying match away to Argentina in October 2017. Henry Young, CNN, "Paolo Guerrero's shattered World Cup dream prompts calls for anti-doping reform," 22 May 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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metabolite

noun
me·​tab·​o·​lite | \-ˌlīt \

Medical Definition of metabolite 

1 : a product of metabolism:

a : a metabolic waste usually more or less toxic to the organism producing it : excretion

b : a product of one metabolic process that is essential to another such process in the same organism

c : a metabolic waste of one organism that is markedly toxic to another : antibiotic

2 : a substance essential to the metabolism of a particular organism or to a particular metabolic process

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