catabolize

[ kuh-tab-uh-lahyz ]
/ kəˈtæb əˌlaɪz /

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.

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

Origin of catabolize

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