Definition of basal metabolic rate in English:

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basal metabolic rate

Pronunciation: /ˌbāsəl ˌmedəˌbälik ˈrāt/ Pronunciation: /ˌbāzəl ˌmedəˌbälik ˈrāt/


The rate at which the body uses energy while at rest to keep vital functions going, such as breathing and keeping warm.
Example sentences
  • If rapid growth rates reflect the basal metabolic rates of sauropods, then these giant dinosaurs can no longer be regarded as ‘good reptiles.’
  • The forager expends 1 unit of energy per time period as a basal metabolic rate, independent of what it is doing.
  • For every 0.6 [degrees] C increase in core temperature, there is a 10 percent elevation in the basal metabolic rate.


basal metabolism

Example sentences
  • In rodents, sympathetic activation of brown fat appears to play an important role in increasing thermogenesis and basal metabolism via activation of uncoupling proteins.
  • Some sources use the terms resting metabolic rate or resting energy expenditure to describe basal metabolism.
  • This involuntary activity is known as basal metabolism and represents about 60 percent of your body's energy need.

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Syllabification: ba·sal met·a·bol·ic rate

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