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 metabolize (audio) \ adjective

Examples of metabolize in a Sentence

Food is metabolized by the body.
Recent Examples on the Web Oil paintings offered more meager nutrients for microbes to metabolize, by contrast. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings have unique microbiomes, study finds," 22 Dec. 2020 Ratain had spent much of his academic career studying how people absorb and metabolize drugs; this did not make sense to him. Gunjan Sinha/undark, Popular Science, "The case for rethinking how we use cancer drugs," 14 Dec. 2020 Like a mature human liver, these synthetic livers were able to store, synthesize and metabolize nutrients. Mo Ebrahimkhani, The Conversation, "Genetic engineering transformed stem cells into working mini-livers that extended the life of mice with liver disease," 7 Dec. 2020 None of it was working anymore because my liver couldn't metabolize it. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "A rare disease almost killed him but this Phoenix rocker's friends are helping him survive," 17 Nov. 2020 Dogs cannot metabolize theobromine and caffeine like people can. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Keep frights at bay for your pets this Halloween with these simple tips," 20 Oct. 2020 On the menu: fats like cheese and nuts that metabolize slowly and last all day. Outside Online, "11 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter," 19 Oct. 2020 Daikon is high in vitamin C and helps metabolize fats, and ginger is anti-inflammatory, making heavier foods much less stressful on our stomachs. Kaki Okumura, Bon Appétit, "This Japanese Kitchen Tool Is My Quickest Route to Dinner," 18 Sep. 2020 In a paper published in August, Seager and her colleagues suggested that microbes borne aloft on air currents called gravity waves could live, metabolize and reproduce inside droplets of sulfuric acid and water. Shannon Stirone, Star Tribune, "Life on Venus? Astronomers see a signal in its clouds," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of metabolize

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for metabolize

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

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27 Dec 2020

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“Metabolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metabolize. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for metabolize

metabolize

verb
How to pronounce metabolize (audio)

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 metabolize (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 metabolize (audio) \ noun

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