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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Wedding countdown: All hyaluronic acid fillers begin to slowly dissolve after about a year, but some people metabolize them as soon as three to four months. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 CoolScultping technology targets the fat cells beneath the skin, cooling them to a temperature that causes them to die off and eventually be metabolized by the body over the course of eight to 12 weeks. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'Selfie awareness' has millennials turning to double chin removal procedures," 21 Sep. 2018 The blood tests are taken before and after consuming a high-calorie shake, allowing for a read on how the body metabolizes food and nutrients, says Dr. Joshua Anthony, Habit’s chief scientific officer. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Your DNA, Your Diet: How Nutrition Is Being Personalized," 30 Aug. 2018 Researchers like Shah believe that as the brain metabolizes the ketamine, new neural pathways are created that help restore function obliterated by depression. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 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

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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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