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. Dara Entekhabi:

    It's the metabolism of the system.

  2. Temo Waqanivalu:

    We have the remnants of those people ... and their metabolism as well.

  3. Emile Voest:

    It’s very well known that some supplements affect the metabolism of chemotherapy.

  4. Rasa Kazlauskaite:

    It improves levels of brain chemicals that regulate metabolism of fat, as well as your mood.

  5. Michael Berenbrink:

    This is a fantastic piece of work, this type of metabolism is really unheard of among mammals.

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