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anabolism

[ uh-nab-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ əˈnæb əˌlɪz əm /
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noun Biology, Physiology.
constructive metabolism; the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances from simpler ones (opposed to catabolism).

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Origin of anabolism

First recorded in 1885–90; ana- + (meta)bolism

OTHER WORDS FROM anabolism

an·a·bol·ic [an-uh-bol-ik], /ˌæn əˈbɒl ɪk/, adjectivehy·per·a·nab·o·lism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anabolism

anabolism
/ (əˈnæbəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
a metabolic process in which complex molecules are synthesized from simpler ones with the storage of energy; constructive metabolismCompare catabolism

Word Origin for anabolism

C19: from ana- + (meta) bolism
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Scientific definitions for anabolism

anabolism
[ ə-năbə-lĭz′əm ]

The phase of metabolism in which complex molecules, such as the proteins and fats that make up body tissue, are formed from simpler ones. Compare catabolism.

Other words from anabolism

anabolic adjective
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Cultural definitions for anabolism

anabolism

The chemical reactions that synthesize molecules in metabolism. (Compare catabolism.)

notes for anabolism

Athletes often attempt to improve their performance by speeding up this molecule-building process through the use of drugs called anabolic steroids, despite the potential health risks involved. This use is outlawed in many athletic competitions, such as the Olympic Games.
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