the minimal amount of energy necessary to maintain respiration, circulation, and other vital body functions while fasting and at total rest.
Origin of basal metabolism
First recorded in 1910–15
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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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The rate at which an inactive, resting organism expends energy.
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