metabolize

verb
me·​tab·​o·​lize | \-ˌlīz \
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 \ adjective

Examples of metabolize in a Sentence

Food is metabolized by the body.

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Some of us are quick to metabolize an after-dinner espresso; others swear off caffeine after noon. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 Everyone metabolizes alcohol differently depending on factors like genetics, diet, and body size. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Reasons You're Waking Up Mid-Sleep, and How to Fix Them," 11 Aug. 2018 And her personal story was important, because the audience was kind of metabolizing these crimes through her and Stabler. Rebecca Phelps, Marie Claire, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: An Oral History," 27 Sep. 2018 Caffeine can cause short-term increases in blood pressure, and some smaller studies have suggested that it might be linked with high blood pressure, especially in people with a genetic variation that causes them to metabolize caffeine slowly. Lindsey Tanner, courant.com, "Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity," 3 July 2018 Spicier peppers like habañero and jalapeño contain capsaicin, which helps metabolize fat needed for fuel in endurance exercise and boosts blood circulation, Nalder says. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "Athletes, Stock Up on This Powerhouse Summer Produce," 22 June 2018 According to Nilsson, when the fibers in barley -- specifically betaglucans and arabinoxylans -- reach the gut, they are metabolized by gut bacteria, and this increases levels of hormones that regulate appetite. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss," 8 Mar. 2018 Caffeine can cause short-term increases in blood pressure, and some smaller studies have suggested that it might be linked with high blood pressure, especially in people with a genetic variation that causes them to metabolize caffeine slowly. Lindsey Tanner, courant.com, "Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity," 3 July 2018 Caffeine can cause short-term increases in blood pressure, and some smaller studies have suggested that it might be linked with high blood pressure, especially in people with a genetic variation that causes them to metabolize caffeine slowly. Linsey Tanner, chicagotribune.com, "Another study shows coffee may boost longevity — even decaf," 3 July 2018

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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 \
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 \ noun

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