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 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 The tests also found 3-phenoxybenzoic acid, a common insecticidal metabolite. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Cuba 'sonic attack' might be connected to insecticide intended to fight Zika, study says," 23 Sep. 2019 Among the multiple possibilities, several researchers are currently investigating microbial metabolites. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Targeting Gut Microbes May Help Stroke Recovery," 19 Nov. 2019 The researchers also collected each rat's droppings at various points during the study to analyze them for metabolites of corticosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone, a pair of hormones. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rats love driving tiny cars, even when they don’t get treats," 1 Nov. 2019 Notably, feeding propionate instead of FOS induced similar effects, illustrating the importance of metabolites produced by the gut microbiome. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015

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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 18 Feb. 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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