metabolize

verb

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

transitive verb

: to subject to metabolism

intransitive verb

: to perform metabolism
metabolizable adjective

Examples of metabolize in a Sentence

Food is metabolized by the body.
Recent Examples on the Web Robert said one hypothesis is that cells are unable to metabolize plastic, which may disrupt their ability to carry out duties and cause inflammation that leads to everything from Alzheimer’s disease to a heart attack. Kaitlin Sullivan, Health, 31 May 2024 Such synthetic vitamins are not metabolized properly and can lead to toxicity. Ascend Agency, Baltimore Sun, 1 Mar. 2024 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 All demographics participate, though the elders sustain similar impulses on Facebook, now Meta, now metabolized by millennials and Gen Z into an antique or filial address book, a distant dystopia. Harmony Holiday, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for metabolize 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of metabolize was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Metabolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metabolize. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

metabolize

verb
me·​tab·​o·​lize mə-ˈtab-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce metabolize (audio)
metabolized; metabolizing
: to break down by metabolism
food is metabolized by the body

Medical Definition

metabolize

verb
me·​tab·​o·​lize
variants also British metabolise
metabolized also British metabolised; metabolizing also British metabolising

transitive verb

: to subject to metabolism

intransitive verb

: to perform metabolism
metabolizer noun
also British metaboliser

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