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[muh-tab-uh-lahyz] /məˈtæb əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), metabolized, metabolizing.
to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.
Also, especially British, metabolise.
Origin of metabolize
First recorded in 1885-90; metabol(ism) + -ize
Related forms
metabolizability, noun
metabolizable, adjective
metabolizer, noun
unmetabolized, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for metabolize


to bring about or subject to metabolism
Derived Forms
metabolizable, metabolisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for metabolize

1887 (transitive), 1934 (intransitive), from Greek metabole "a change" (see metabolism) + -ize. Related: Metabolized; metabolizing.

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metabolize in Medicine

metabolize me·tab·o·lize (mĭ-tāb'ə-līz')
v. me·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing, me·tab·o·liz·es

  1. To subject to metabolism.

  2. To produce by metabolism.

  3. To undergo change by metabolism.

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metabolize in Science
To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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