noun, plural in form but singular in construction
me·​tab·​o·​lo·​mics | \ mə-ˈta-bə-ˌlō-miks How to pronounce metabolomics (audio) , -ˌlä- \

Definition of metabolomics

: 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

Other Words from metabolomics

metabolomic \ mə-​ˈta-​bə-​ˌlō-​mik How to pronounce metabolomics (audio) , -​ˌlä-​ \ adjective
metabolomic research

Examples of metabolomics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of metabolomics

1999, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metabolomics

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

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“Metabolomics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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