- The chemical processes that let you stay alive are an example of metabolism.
- The rate at which you burn fat and calories you consume is an example of metabolism.
Origin of metabolism; from Classical Greek metabol?, change ; from meta, beyond (see meta-) + ballein, to throw (see ball) + -ism
- The chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life. In metabolism some substances are broken down to yield energy for vital processes while other substances, necessary for life, are synthesized.
- The processing of a specific substance within a living cell or organism: iodine metabolism.
Origin of metabolismFrom Greek metabol&emacron;, change, from metaballein, to change : meta-, meta- + ballein, to throw; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- (physiology) The complete set of chemical reactions that occur in living cells.
From Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÏ„Î±Î²Î¿Î»Î® (metabolÄ“, “change"), from Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ (meta, “meta-") + Î²Î¬Î»Î»Ï‰ (ballÅ, “I throw").