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.

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But unlike those sugars, it is not metabolized by the human body and is excreted almost fully intact in urine, resulting in just 0.4 calories per gram, versus 4 calories for regular sugar. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Avoiding sugar? Allulose, developed in Hoffman Estates, could be the next ‘breakthrough ingredient'," 22 Aug. 2019 The microbiome works with a person’s own cells and tissue to metabolize chemicals — not unlike the function of a liver — and even fend off certain diseases. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Gut check: Benioffs donate $35 million to further study of microbiome at UCSF, Stanford," 13 Aug. 2019 The Lancet study said that when the children's blood sugar level dropped, the body would start to metabolize fatty acids to produce a boost of glucose. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Brain disease linked to lychee toxins kills 47 children in India," 13 June 2019 What really determines that is the next step, fermentation, which begins as soon as lactic acid bacteria (which can be naturally occurring or added) starts metabolizing the milk's lactose and turning it into lactic acid. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "These Are the Cheeses That Have the Lowest Levels of Lactose," 11 June 2019 By feeding up above and metabolizing down below, the animals scrub and help ventilate the ocean, raising oxygen concentrations at the surface while driving anoxic regions to greater depths. Quanta Magazine, "Complex Animals Led to More Oxygen, Says Maverick Theory," 21 Mar. 2018 Most people know that caffeine close to bedtime can interfere with sleep and that tossing back cocktails in the evening can cause a person to wake up a few hours later when the alcohol is metabolized. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What Foods Can Disturb Your Sleep?," 4 June 2019 Alcohol is water-soluble and cannabis is not, meaning alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly whereas pot edibles and beverages are metabolized much later in the digestive process. Kristine Owram, Bloomberg.com, "Scientists Are Racing to Make Weed As Easy to Drink as Beer," 6 Feb. 2019 And the news cycle itself is so quick-moving and chaotic that every important story, regardless of its subject, is metabolized too fast. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "E. Jean Carroll’s Accusation Against Donald Trump, and the Raising, and Lowering, of the Bar," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of metabolize

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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metabolize

verb

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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