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basal metabolism


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

  • n. The minimum amount of energy required to maintain vital functions in an organism at complete rest, measured by the basal metabolic rate in a fasting individual who is awake and resting in a comfortably warm environment.

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

  • n. the amount of energy required to maintain the body of an individual in a resting state


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