[ an-uh-bol-ik ]

adjectiveBiology, Physiology.
  1. involving or stimulating the building of complex substances from simpler ones as part of the process of metabolism in living organisms (opposed to catabolic): These three essential amino acids have a strong anabolic effect, driving protein synthesis to build muscle.

Origin of anabolic

First recorded in 1875–80; from Greek anabol(ḗ) “a throwing upward,” equivalent to ana- ana- + bolḗ “a throw” (compare anabállein “to throw up”) + -ic

Other words from anabolic

  • an·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·an·a·bol·ic, adjective

Words Nearby anabolic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anabolic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anabolic


/ (ˌænəˈbɒlɪk) /

  1. of or relating to anabolism

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