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catabolic

[ kat-uh-bol-ik ]
/ ˌkæt əˈbɒl ɪk /
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adjective

Biology, Physiology. involving the breakdown of complex substances into simpler ones in living organisms (opposed to anabolic):The protein catabolic rate is the rate at which proteins break down in the body.

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OTHER WORDS FROM catabolic

cat·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb
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