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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

Examples of metabolite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Subsequent lab testing showed a metabolite that is only found in the ointment in the horse’s urine. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Dalmane is seldom used anymore for sleep, because it is converted by the liver a metabolite, which can last for days. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2021 International anti-doping authorities recently raised the allowable threshold from 15 to 150 nanograms of THC metabolite per milliliter of blood, a change meant to differentiate the use of marijuana during competition from off-hours consumption., 4 July 2021 Two drugs—Remdesivir metabolite GS-441524 and combination Hepatitis-C antivirals—both of which target NSP3 hold immediate promise for prevention and treatment of infection by SARS-CoV-2. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Monoethylglycinexylidide is the active metabolite of lidocaine. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, 2 June 2021 Bob Baffert was fined $2,500 after his horse Merneith tested positive for a metabolite of Dextromethorphan, a therapeutic often found in cough medicine, on July 25. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 Baffert, the most recognizable figure in the sport, was fined $2,500 after Merneith tested positive for Dextrorphan, a metabolite often found in cough remedies. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2020 Collectively, and somewhat inaccurately, these molecules are referred to as metabolites. The Economist, 13 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of metabolite

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for metabolite

metabol(ic) or metabol(ism) + -ite entry 1

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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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