- of, relating to, or affected by metabolism.
- undergoing metamorphosis.
Origin of metabolic
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Word Origin and History for metabolically
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
basal metabolic rate
- The rate at which energy is used by an organism at complete rest, measured in humans by the heat given off per unit time, and expressed as the calories released per kilogram of body weight or per square meter of body surface per hour.
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