[ kat-uh-bol-ik ]
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adjectiveBiology, Physiology.
  1. involving or stimulating the breakdown of complex substances into simpler ones as part of the process of metabolism in living organisms (opposed to anabolic): The protein catabolic rate is the rate at which proteins break down in the body.

Origin of catabolic


Other words from catabolic

  • cat·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb

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