Definition of metabolize in English:


Line breaks: me¦tab¦ol|ize
Pronunciation: /mɪˈtabəlʌɪz
(also metabolise)


[with object]
  • 1(Of the body or an organ) process (a substance) by metabolism: protease inhibitors interfere with the body’s capacity to metabolize fat to provide this energy, stores of blood sugar and fats are metabolized
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    • 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
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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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