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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There may be difficulties in using or metabolizing the pills. Steven Dekosky, The Conversation, "Supplements for brain health show no benefit – a neurologist explains a new study," 20 June 2019 Since the election of Trump in 2016, the radical impulses of angry ‘wokeness’ have started to metabolize, among some, into a search for inner peace and spiritual enlightenment. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 Eating flax seeds and pumpkin seeds during the first phase of your cycle is thought to boost estrogen production as your body metabolizes lignan. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How People Are Using "Seed Cycling" for Hormone Balance (And Whether or Not You Should Try It)," 16 May 2019 The process of digesting and metabolizing cabbage essentially unleashes a chemoprotective effect in the body, helping stop the enzymatic reactions linked to DNA damage — the type that can, over time, lead to tumor development. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 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

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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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