me·​tab·​o·​lite | \ mə-ˈta-bə-ˌlīt How to pronounce metabolite (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Glaxo—a company that eventually merged into GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)—Zantac’s original manufacturer, published a study of ranitidine’s metabolites in urine in 1981, but Light says that study appears not to have looked for NDMA. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "What We Know About the Possible Carcinogen Found in Zantac," 28 Oct. 2019 For example, bacteria can prevent influenza virus infection by binding or trapping them directly or by producing metabolites that decrease the stability of influenza virions. Michelle Sconce Massaquoi, The Conversation, "Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say," 3 Mar. 2020 The indictment filed Wednesday states Keese was driving under a suspension and had 50 nanograms or more of cocaine metabolite per milliliter of his whole blood, blood serum or plasma. Madeline Mitchell,, "Man who crashed into Metro bus in Evanston had cocaine in his system, documents state," 26 Feb. 2020 Conventional urine drug testing for cannabis targets a common metabolite of THC called THCCOOH (THC is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis). Maria Loreto,, "Study confirms CBD products may cause users to fail a drug test," 12 Nov. 2019 When the researchers move onto other types of metabolites for their device, calibration will also be tricky. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What If Your Sweat Could Instantly Tell You How Healthy You Are?," 4 Feb. 2020 As a cancer biologist, her work spans an array of cellular pathways and metabolites, including a project examining how dietary supplements influence cancer development. STAT, "Meet the 2018 STAT Wunderkinds," 13 Nov. 2019 These are legal standards adopted by some states under which suspected stoned drivers whose blood or urine contains a certain level of marijuana metabolites are automatically presumed to be impaired. Dan Adams,, "Heavy marijuana users who started young drive differently — even while not stoned, study says," 14 Jan. 2020 Lastly, the researchers looked at the metabolites that the microbiome in the normal mice secrete to see how these could alter gene expression in the brain. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Are you a mouse who can’t let go of fear? Your microbiome might be the problem," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of metabolite

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Metabolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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

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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