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catabolism vs. anabolism

[ kuh-tab-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ kəˈtæb əˌlɪz əm /

noun
  1. destructive metabolism; the breaking down in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones, with the release of energy (opposed to anabolism).
[ uh-nab-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ əˈnæb əˌlɪz əm /

noun
  1. constructive metabolism; the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances from simpler ones (opposed to catabolism).

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