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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The phase of metabolism in which simple substances are synthesized into the complex materials of living tissue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished from catabolism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished from catabolism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Assimilation; antegrade metamorphosis; constructive metabolism, or ascending metabolic processes by which a substance is transformed into another which is more complex or more highly organized and more energetic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy

Etymologies

ana- + (meta)bolism.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀνά (ana, "up") + βάλλω (ballō, "I throw") + -ism. Formed in analogy with metabolism. (Wiktionary)

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