Definition of metabolomics in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˌtabəˈlämiks/

plural noun

[treated as singular] Biochemistry
The scientific study of the set of metabolites present within an organism, cell, or tissue: the potential of metabolomics in the early detection of cancer is also being explored
More example sentences
  • Biology is going through a revolution driven by a series of technological breakthroughs in genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
  • It has been well recognized that one of the limitations of metabolomics has been the difficulty in automating the process of grouping peaks that represent the same compound in multiple chromatograms.
  • "In our study, we propose to evaluate whether the new field of metabolomics can be used to diagnose asthma and follow its treatment," Hammock said.



Example sentences
  • Thus, metabolomic profiling of the introgression lines has been embarked upon to provide additional definition of the biochemical traits that are altered in each line.
  • These findings demonstrate that metabolic traits can be dissected reliably and accurately by metabolomic analyses.
  • For example, they could be used to provide an 'omic' snapshot (genomic, proteomic, metabolomic) of a person from a single drop of blood: which genes are defective, what proteins and chemicals they are making (or taking).


1990s: from metabolome + -ics, on the pattern of genomics.

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Syllabification: me·tab·ol·om·ics

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