catabolize

[kuh-tab-uh-lahyz]

verb (used with object), ca·tab·o·lized, ca·tab·o·liz·ing.

to cause (a nutrient or other substance) to undergo catabolism.

verb (used without object), ca·tab·o·lized, ca·tab·o·liz·ing.

to be subjected to catabolism.

Nearby words

  1. catabiotic,
  2. catabolic,
  3. catabolism,
  4. catabolite,
  5. catabolite gene activator protein,
  6. catacaustic,
  7. catachresis,
  8. catachronobiology,
  9. cataclasis,
  10. cataclastic

Also especially British, ca·tab·o·lise.

Origin of catabolize

First recorded in 1925–30; catabol(ism) + -ize

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