the minimal amount of energy necessary to maintain respiration, circulation, and other vital body functions while fasting and at total rest.
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Origin of basal metabolism
First recorded in 1910–15
Words nearby basal metabolism
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British Dictionary definitions for basal metabolism
the amount of energy required by an individual in the resting state, for such functions as breathing and circulation of the bloodSee basal metabolic rate
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Medical definitions for basal metabolism
The minimum amount of energy required to maintain vital functions in an organism at complete rest, measured by the basal metabolic rate in a fasting individual.
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Cultural definitions for basal metabolism
[ (bay-suhl, bay-zuhl muh-tab-uh-liz-uhm) ]
The rate at which an inactive, resting organism expends energy.
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