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.
Recent Examples on the Web Beyond that, some research suggests that NDMA can also form when your body metabolizes ranitidine, though that’s not definitive. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Should You Worry About the Zantac Recall If You've Been Using It for Heartburn?," 31 Oct. 2019 But researchers later found that tramadol releases a far more powerful dose taken orally because of how it is metabolized by the liver. Washington Post, "`Safer opioid’ has sparked a crisis in vulnerable countries," 13 Dec. 2019 MCTs have a shorter chemical structure than other fats, and are quickly absorbed and metabolized by the body, which is thought to promote a feeling of fullness and prevent fat storage. Vasanti Malik, sun-sentinel.com, "Is there a place for coconut oil in a healthy diet?," 19 Nov. 2019 What’s more, her body can’t metabolize Tylenol, aspirin, opioids or other common pain medications. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Capitol Watch Podcast: Chronic pain will likely be treatable with medical marijuana in Connecticut. Night terrors won’t.," 8 Oct. 2019 On land, an excess of nitrogen is good for the crops that can metabolize it easily, but the majority of species can’t handle it. Matt Simon, WIRED, "New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change," 8 Aug. 2019 Milk is not advised as a drink for infants because it cannot be metabolized until around the age of one. CNN, "How to avoid toxic metals in your baby's food (and yours)," 21 Oct. 2019 This also allows the big mammals to metabolize fat during hibernation, something resting humans can’t do, notes study co-author Joanna Kelley, an evolutionary geneticist at Washington State University. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Fascinating ways animals prepare for fall," 27 Sep. 2019 Still, Zellweger has become wary of projects that ask her to take on too much without the time to properly metabolize it all. New York Times, "Renée Zellweger Will Be Back in a Moment," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of metabolize

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Metabolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metabolize. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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