[ met-uh-bol-ik ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk /
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of, relating to, or affected by metabolism.
undergoing metamorphosis.
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Origin of metabolic

1735–45; <Greek metabolikós changeable, equivalent to metabol() (see metabolism) + -ikos-ic


met·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·met·a·bol·ic, adjective
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What does metabolic mean?

Metabolic describes something that is related to or is affected by metabolism, as in Dr. Petrov discovered the patient’s illness had metabolic causes.

Your metabolism is the sum of the physical and chemical processes in your body needed to sustain life by producing energy. In humans, metabolism involves a large number of different organs and tissues. For this reason, the word metabolic is frequently used in medicine, nutrition, and other health sciences to discuss the digestive system, circulatory system, and other bodily processes.

Example: While studying the birds, the researchers conducted intense studies of the animals’ metabolic rate increases during prolonged flights.

Where does metabolic come from?

The first records of the word metabolic come from around 1735. It comes from the Greek metabolikós, meaning “changeable.” Metabolism involves the changing of something (such as food or air) into something else (energy), so something that is said to be metabolic is “changeable” from a certain perspective.

You are most likely to see the word metabolic used in articles, books, or other documents related to biology, medicine, or other life sciences. Scientists often analyze how the bodies and bodily functions of organisms change, and metabolism plays a central role in the body’s survival and adjustments the body makes to produce more or less energy.

For example, a medical doctor might discover that a patient’s vitamin deficiency is due to metabolic disorder. Or a nutritionist might be interested in a person’s metabolic rate when trying to come up with a personalized diet for them.

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Metabolic is used to refer to bodily health and the body’s production of energy.



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Medical definitions for metabolic

[ mĕt′ə-bŏlĭk ]

Of, relating to, or resulting from metabolism.
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