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metabolism Idioms & Phrases


basal metabolism

  • noun the amount of energy required to maintain the body of an individual in a resting state
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constructive metabolism

  • noun the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy
    anabolism.
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destructive metabolism

  • noun breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
    dissimilation; catabolism; katabolism.
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fat metabolism

  • noun a metabolic process that breaks down ingested fats into fatty acids and glycerol and then into simpler compounds that can be used by cells of the body
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inborn error of metabolism

  • noun any of a number of diseases in which an inherited defect (usually a missing or inadequate enzyme) results in an abnormality of metabolism
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