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  • adj. Of, or relating to catabolism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to catabolism.
  • adj. characterized by destructive metabolism; contrasted with anabolic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or of the nature of catabolism.

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

  • adj. relating to or characterized by catabolism
  • adj. characterized by destructive metabolism


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  • So he's really looking at this from a whole different perspective, looking at your lean mass versus your fat and saying that if you go into a starvation mode, which he is claiming is every three hours, and that might be a little bit an overstatement, that you get into what's called a catabolic state, and you're breaking down your muscle mass, which is what keeps burning at higher calorie levels.

    CNN Transcript Dec 30, 2005

  • And cardio does nothing to increase muscle mass, and in fact can decrease muscle mass cardio is catabolic, meaning that it breaks down tissue, including muscle; weight training is anabolic, meaning that it builds tissue.

    Avoiding Weight Gain as We Age

  • In a word, "catabolic" explains why long-distance running and muscle-building are counter-productive to one other.


  • The combat frames were obviously several generations into the relationship: when discovered, their catabolic furnaces were already atrophying, forcing them to continue protecting the solar platform.

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  • When the body is out of balance, or in what is called negative homeostasis, the anabolic and catabolic systems may not function properly, leading to fatigue, depression, insomnia, anxiety, weight imbalance and lack of libido.

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  • What many of the experts who develop these programs fail to point out is that the body is extremely catabolic after an eight-hour fast and its metabolism is at its slowest point, which furthers fat loss and increases muscle wastage.

    Body by Design

  • It is important to note that overexercising can further put us into a catabolic state, in which complex molecules are broken down into simpler ones.

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  • Cortisol, the catabolic hormone that breaks down tissue to make it available as energy for the body, is completely turned off during slow-wave sleep.

    Be Excellent at Anything

  • Cortisol, for example, is a catabolic hormone, and its function is to break things down.

    Be Excellent at Anything

  • The arginine catabolic mobile element and staphylococcal chromosomal cassette mec linkage: convergence of virulence and resistance in the USA300 clone of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.



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    February 22, 2009

  • "The levels of stress hormones are sufficient to turn off the immune system and to produce a catabolic state, in which the body begins to break down and feed on itself. The average weight loss in three days is 22 pounds."

    —Ben Sherwood, "Lessons in Survival," Newsweek, Feb. 23, 2009, 56.

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