- of, relating to, or affected by metabolism.
- undergoing metamorphosis.
Origin of metabolic
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1845 in biological sense, from German metabolisch (1839), from Greek metabolikos "changeable," from metabole "a change, changing, a transition" (see metabolism). Used earlier in a general sense of "involving change" (1743). Related: Metabolically.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or resulting from metabolism.
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