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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for metabolize



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

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

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metabolize in Medicine


  1. To subject to metabolism.
  2. To produce by metabolism.
  3. To undergo change by metabolism.
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metabolize in Science


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