me·​tab·​o·​lo·​mics mə-ˈta-bə-ˌlō-miks How to pronounce metabolomics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: the scientific study and analysis of the metabolites produced by a cell, tissue, or organism
After genomics and proteomics … will come metabolomics, the ability to measure all the metabolites the body uses and generates, in real time.Steve Chapple
To analyse the tumour cells' metabolism, they used a technique called "metabolomics." This involves crushing live tumour cells and measuring the metabolites they contain using a mass spectrometer.Michael Slezak
metabolomic adjective
metabolomic research

Examples of metabolomics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fortunately, scientists in the field of metabolomics had already constructed a large database that outlined these natural chemical relationships and the enzymes that precipitate them. Allison Parshall, Quanta Magazine, 10 Oct. 2022 Single-cell analysis has blossomed to include a range of fields, including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, epigenomics and metabolomics, each of which provides unique and crucial insights into the inner workings of human cells. Yan Zhang, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021

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Word History


metabolome "total complement of metabolites in a cell" (from metabol(ite) + -ome—in genome) + -ics, after genomics

First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metabolomics was in 1999

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“Metabolomics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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