metabolize

verb
me·​tab·​o·​lize | \ mə-ˈta-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce metabolize (audio) \
metabolized; metabolizing

Definition of metabolize

transitive verb

: to subject to metabolism

intransitive verb

: to perform metabolism

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Other Words from metabolize

metabolizable \ mə-​ˌta-​bə-​ˈlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce metabolizable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of metabolize in a Sentence

Food is metabolized by the body.
Recent Examples on the Web Dogs cannot metabolize theobromine and caffeine like people can. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Keep frights at bay for your pets this Halloween with these simple tips," 20 Oct. 2020 On the menu: fats like cheese and nuts that metabolize slowly and last all day. Outside Online, "11 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter," 19 Oct. 2020 Daikon is high in vitamin C and helps metabolize fats, and ginger is anti-inflammatory, making heavier foods much less stressful on our stomachs. Kaki Okumura, Bon Appétit, "This Japanese Kitchen Tool Is My Quickest Route to Dinner," 18 Sep. 2020 In a paper published in August, Seager and her colleagues suggested that microbes borne aloft on air currents called gravity waves could live, metabolize and reproduce inside droplets of sulfuric acid and water. Shannon Stirone, Star Tribune, "Life on Venus? Astronomers see a signal in its clouds," 14 Sep. 2020 The contingency of existence is an amazement to her, and difficult to metabolize. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Sigrid Nunez Follows ‘The Friend’ With a Sorrowful, Funny Novel About Death," 31 Aug. 2020 Mitochondria also metabolize cholesterol and synthesize hormones and neurotransmitters. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Gene-editing discovery could point the way toward a ‘holy grail’: cures for mitochondrial diseases," 8 July 2020 Eat, drink smart: Stay hydrated, eat smaller, lighter meals like fruits, vegetables and legumes that are easier to metabolize. oregonlive, "10 easy ways to stay cool at home this summer," 5 June 2020 Women absorb and metabolize alcohol differently, so if a man and woman of the same height and weight consume exactly the same amount of alcohol, her blood alcohol content will be higher. Corinne Purtill, New York Times, "Quarantini Anyone? When Everyday Drinking Becomes a Problem," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of metabolize

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for metabolize

metabol(ic) or metabol(ism) + -ize

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28 Oct 2020

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“Metabolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metabolize. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for metabolize

metabolize

verb
How to pronounce metabolize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of metabolize

biology : to change (food) into a form that can be used by your body : to process and use (substances brought into your body) by metabolism

metabolize

verb
me·​tab·​o·​lize
variants: also British metabolise \ -​ˌlīz How to pronounce metabolise (audio) \
metabolized also British metabolised; metabolizing also British metabolising

Medical Definition of metabolize

transitive verb

: to subject to metabolism

intransitive verb

: to perform metabolism

Other Words from metabolize

metabolizer also British metaboliser \ -​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce metaboliser (audio) \ noun

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