metabolite

noun

me·​tab·​o·​lite mə-ˈta-bə-ˌlīt How to pronounce metabolite (audio)
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 These changes can increase inflammation and impact the gut’s ability to metabolize nutrients and produce metabolites, which in turn affects the body’s sensitivity to insulin and its ability to metabolize glucose. Kayla Hui, Verywell Health, 16 May 2024 Scientists look for both the drugs themselves and their metabolites—the chemical end products that people excrete after consuming the drugs—to track how consumption patterns may be changing over time. Betsy Ladyzhets, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2024 Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help dilute your urine, potentially reducing the concentration of delta-8 THC metabolites. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Aug. 2023 Share [Findings] Humboldt penguins who nest in the open have more pollutant metabolites in their blood than do penguins who nest in guano-rich burrows. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Alcohol metabolites later showed up on the urine screen, and Smith was honest with her counselor about having partaken in the celebratory toasts. Lev Facher, STAT, 26 Mar. 2024 Microbiome metabolites stimulate the release of a natural version of weight loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic, the gut hormone GLP-1. Christopher Damman, The Conversation, 12 Mar. 2024 While these metabolites may differ between different types of THC, some cross-reactivity could occur. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2023 Moreover, metabolism affects the conversion of THC into its metabolites, which can influence the psychoactive effects. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of metabolite was in 1877

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“Metabolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metabolite. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

metabolite

noun
me·​tab·​o·​lite mə-ˈtab-ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce metabolite (audio)
1
: a substance produced by metabolism
2
: a substance essential to a process of metabolism

Medical Definition

metabolite

noun
me·​tab·​o·​lite -ˌlīt How to pronounce metabolite (audio)
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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