What does metabolism mean?

Definitions for metabolismməˈtæb əˌlɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metamorphosis, metabolism(noun)

    the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

  2. metabolism, metabolic process(noun)

    the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life


  1. metabolism(Noun)

    The complete set of chemical reactions that occur in living cells.

  2. Origin: From μεταβολή, from μετά + βάλλω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metabolism(noun)

    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)


  1. Metabolism

    Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. These enzyme-catalyzed reactions allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The word metabolism can also refer to all chemical reactions that occur in living organisms, including digestion and the transport of substances into and between different cells, in which case the set of reactions within the cells is called intermediary metabolism or intermediate metabolism. Metabolism is usually divided into two categories. Catabolism breaks down organic matter, for example to harvest energy in cellular respiration. Anabolism uses energy to construct components of cells such as proteins and nucleic acids. The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable reactions that require energy and will not occur by themselves, by coupling them to spontaneous reactions that release energy. As enzymes act as catalysts they allow these reactions to proceed quickly and efficiently. Enzymes also allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes in the cell's environment or signals from other cells.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Metabolism

    me-tab′o-lizm, n. a general term for the chemical changes of living matter: retrograde metamorphosis, catabolism: complete metamorphosis, as in Diptera, &c.—adj. Metabol′ic, undergoing complete metamorphosis: polymorphic: exhibiting metabolism.—v.t. Metab′olise. [Gr. metabolē, change.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Metabolism

    name given to a chemical change in the cells or tissues of living matter.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Metabolism

    The chemical reactions that occur within the cells, tissues, or an organism. These processes include both the biosynthesis (ANABOLISM) and the breakdown (CATABOLISM) of organic materials utilized by the living organism.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metabolism in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metabolism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Betts:

    More variable glucose levels can indicate a poorer diet or a more unsteady metabolism, and chronic inflammation from the body's excess exposure to glucose can lead to issues like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

  2. Kelly Clarkson:

    I don't obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it, there are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism – that is not me. I wish I had a better metabolism.

  3. Rosalind Breslow:

    As we age, our ability to metabolize alcohol decreases. So alcohol might remain in our systems longer to interact with medications, furthermore, the metabolism of several medications that interact with alcohol slows as we get older, creating a larger window for potential alcohol/medication interactions.

  4. Maggie Moon:

    Water warms you up another way as well. It helps power your metabolism, and a sluggish metabolism translates into less overall body heat. Aim for the requisite eight glasses a day at a minimum, recommended Maggie Moon, but always drink more before and after workouts. RELATED : 12 Reasons Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body You don't consume enough vitamin B12 This nutrient found only in animal products plays big role in preventing big chills. The body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen through your system.

  5. Paul Ingram:

    A moment's thought shows that man's feeling of isolation has no foundation, biologically or sociologically. We grow out of the Universe, we are an expression of it. The iron in our blood comes from the high temperature fusion of stars. We constantly interact with our environment. The force of gravity keeps our feet upon the earth and has a vital effect upon our metabolism. The air we breathe comes form the seas and the leaves, and the sun allows the process to take place. Society gives us all that makes us human our culture, our symbols, our concepts and our values. Without society, the notion of the individual would have no meaning.

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