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metabolic

[met-uh-bol-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or affected by metabolism.
  2. undergoing metamorphosis.
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Origin of metabolic

1735–45; < Greek metabolikós changeable, equivalent to metabol(ḗ) (see metabolism) + -ikos -ic
Related formsmet·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·met·a·bol·ic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for metabolically

metabolic

adj.

1845 in biological sense, from German metabolisch (1839), from Greek metabolikos "changeable," from metabole "a change, changing, a transition" (see metabolism). Used earlier in a general sense of "involving change" (1743). Related: Metabolically.

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metabolically in Medicine

metabolic

(mĕt′ə-bŏlĭk)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or resulting from metabolism.
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