Also especially British, me·tab·o·lise.
Origin of metabolize
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- to bring about or subject to metabolism
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1887 (transitive), 1934 (intransitive), from Greek metabole "a change" (see metabolism) + -ize. Related: Metabolized; metabolizing.
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- To subject to metabolism.
- To produce by metabolism.
- To undergo change by metabolism.
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- To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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