Catabolism meaning

kə-tăbə-lĭzəm
The metabolic breakdown of complex molecules into simpler ones, often resulting in a release of energy.
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The process in a plant or animal by which living tissue is changed into energy and waste products of a simpler chemical composition; destructive metabolism.
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The metabolic breakdown of complex molecules into simpler ones, often resulting in a release of energy.
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The phase of metabolism in which energy, in the form of ATP, is produced by the breakdown of complex molecules, such as starches, proteins and fats, into simpler ones.
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(biochemistry) Destructive metabolism, usually including the release of energy and breakdown of materials.
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Origin of catabolism

  • cata– (meta)bolism

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek καταβολή (katabolē, “throwing down”), from κατά (kata, “down”) + βάλλω (ballō, “I throw”).

    From Wiktionary