Definition of metabolize in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈtabəˌlīz/


[with object]
1(Of a body or organ) process (a substance) by metabolism.
Example sentences
  • If protein is provided continually, the extra protein and amino acids are metabolized by the body, requiring more energy.
  • Researchers looking for the potential biochemical basis for this link have focused on acetaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen formed as the body metabolizes alcohol.
  • Type 2 diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose).
1.1 [no object] (Of a substance) undergo processing by metabolism: the refined foods soon metabolize
More example sentences
  • The liver is the place where most drugs metabolise.
  • Damage caused when oxygen metabolizes can lead to a variety of problems in your body, from cancer the effects of aging.
  • These results suggest that there are differences in the way that thimerosal and methyl mercury are distributed, metabolized, and excreted.



Example sentences
  • The supplement was fed at a rate to supply similar energy as the combination of hay and supplement in the control group, while supplying adequate metabolizable protein.
  • Total metabolizable energy intake per chick over the nesting phase of 1 to 14 days was 759.4 kj.
  • The energy content of feedstuffs is normally expressed as either digestible or metabolizable energy.


Example sentences
  • In particular, they may manifest phenotypically as slow or rapid metabolizers.
  • Dosing of atomoxetine, unfortunately, is not straightforward because of the potential for excessive dosing in patients who are slow metabolizers.
  • These patients are classified as normal to low metabolizers, depending on their reported caloric intake.
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