metabolize

verb
me·​tab·​o·​lize | \ -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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The researchers found that mannose sensitivity was inversely proportional to the levels of an enzyme that helps metabolize mannose. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Sugar cures cancer! (Not really, but one sugar may help chemo)," 21 Nov. 2018 The sheer abundance of fatty acids overwhelms the fat cells, causing them to malfunction and die, after which, they're metabolized by the body and excreted as waste. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "What Is EMSulpt? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Body-Contouring Treatment," 17 Sep. 2018 Crystalized fat cells are naturally metabolized and eliminated by the body over the course of several weeks. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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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