metabolize

[muh-tab-uh-lahyz]

verb (used with or without object), me·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing.

to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.

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

Origin of metabolize

First recorded in 1885–90; metabol(ism) + -ize
Related formsme·tab·o·liz·a·bil·i·ty, nounme·tab·o·liz·a·ble, adjectiveme·tab·o·liz·er, nounun·me·tab·o·lized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metabolise

metabolize

metabolise

verb

to bring about or subject to metabolism
Derived Formsmetabolizable or metabolisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for metabolise

metabolize

v.

1887 (transitive), 1934 (intransitive), from Greek metabole "a change" (see metabolism) + -ize. Related: Metabolized; metabolizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

metabolise in Medicine

metabolize

[mĭ-tăbə-līz′]

v.

To subject to metabolism.
To produce by metabolism.
To undergo change by metabolism.
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metabolise in Science

metabolize

[mĭ-tăbə-līz′]

To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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