[ muh-tab-uh-lahyz ]
/ məˈtæb əˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with or without object), me·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing.
to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.
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Also especially British, me·tab·o·lise .
Origin of metabolize
First recorded in 1885–90; metabol(ism) + -ize
OTHER WORDS FROM metabolizeme·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 metabolize
/ (mɪˈtæbəˌlaɪz) /
to bring about or subject to metabolism
Derived forms of metabolizemetabolizable or metabolisable, adjective
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Scientific definitions for metabolize
[ mĭ-tăb′ə-līz′ ]
To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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