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əˈnæb əˌlɪz əman·abolism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anabolism, constructive metabolismnoun

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


  1. anabolismnoun

    The constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished from catabolism.

    Etymology: From ἀνά + βάλλω + -ism. Formed in analogy with metabolism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anabolismnoun

    the constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished from katabolism


  1. Anabolism

    Anabolism ana, "upward", and ballein, "to throw" is the set of metabolic pathways that construct molecules from smaller units. These reactions require energy. One way of categorizing metabolic processes, whether at the cellular, organ or organism level is as 'anabolic' or as 'catabolic', which is the opposite. Anabolism is powered by catabolism, where large molecules are broken down into smaller parts and then used up in respiration. Many anabolic processes are powered by adenosine triphosphate. Anabolic processes tend toward "building up" organs and tissues. These processes produce growth and differentiation of cells and increase in body size, a process that involves synthesis of complex molecules. Examples of anabolic processes include the growth and mineralization of bone and increases in muscle mass. Endocrinologists have traditionally classified hormones as anabolic or catabolic, depending on which part of metabolism they stimulate. The classic anabolic hormones are the anabolic steroids, which stimulate protein synthesis and muscle growth, and insulin. The balance between anabolism and catabolism is also regulated by circadian rhythms, with processes such as glucose metabolism fluctuating to match an animal's normal periods of activity throughout the day.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anabolism

    an-ab′ol-izm, n. the constructive processes within the protoplasm, by which food or other material, at a relatively low level, passes through an ascending series of ever more complex and unstable combinations, till it is finally worked up into living matter. [Gr. anabolē, 'rising up.']

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anabolism in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anabolism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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