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Pronunciation:  mu'tabu`lizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
  2. [n]  the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

METABOLISM is a 10 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: metabolic process, metamorphosis, metastasis
 See Also: anabolism, basal metabolic rate, basal metabolism, biological process, BMR, catabolism, cellular respiration, citric acid cycle, constructive metabolism, destructive metabolism, dissimilation, fat metabolism, glycolysis, internal respiration, katabolism, Krebs citric acid cycle, Krebs cycle, organic process, respiration, tricarboxylic acid cycle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Me*tab"o*lism\, n. (Physiol.)
    The act or process, by which living tissues or cells take up
    and convert into their own proper substance the nutritive
    material brought to them by the blood, or by which they
    transform their cell protoplasm into simpler substances,
    which are fitted either for excretion or for some special
    purpose, as in the manufacture of the digestive ferments.
    Hence, metabolism may be either constructive ({anabolism}),
    or destructive ({katabolism}).
  2. \Me*tab"o*lism\, n. (Biol.)
    The series of chemical changes which take place in an
    organism, by means of which food is manufactured and utilized
    and waste materials are eliminated.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The total of all chemical changes that take place in a cell or an organism. These changes produce energy and basic materials needed for important life processes.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The sum of all of the enzyme-catalyzed reactions in living cells that transform organic molecules.
 Definition: The biochemical processes that sustain a living cell or organism.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: assimilation, avatar, basal metabolism, catabolism, catalysis, consubstantiation, displacement, heterotopia, metagenesis, metamorphism, metamorphosis, metastasis, metathesis, metempsychosis, mutant, mutated form, mutation, permutation, reincarnation, sport, transanimation, transfiguration, transfigurement, transformation, transformism, translation, translocation, transmigration, transmogrification, transmutation, transposition, transubstantiation