noun Biology, Physiology.
Origin of catabolism
British Dictionary definitions for catabolic
Word Origin for catabolism
Word Origin and History for catabolic (1 of 2)
1876, katabolism, "destructive metabolism," from Greek katabole "a throwing down" (also "a foundation"), from kataballein "to throw down," from kata- "down" (see cata-) + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Barnhart says probably formed in English on the model of metabolism. Spelling Latinized from 1889.