from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To subject (a substance) to metabolism.
- transitive v. To produce (a substance) by metabolism.
- intransitive v. To undergo change by metabolism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To undergo metabolism.
- v. To cause a substance to undergo metabolism.
- v. To produce a substance using metabolism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To change by a metabolic process. See metabolism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In biology, to subject to metabolism; transform by either assimilation or decomposition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. produce by metabolism
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If we can't simply get rid of the poison out of one end or the other (yes Mrs. Reidy, I know that's Hardly Dinner Table Conversation), then our liver has to break it down or "metabolize" it into something that's safe for our kidneys and other organs of elimination to process and excrete.
You chose the biological term 'metabolize' instead of 'catalytic function,' just as you chose "respond to stimuli" instead of "light transduction."
First of all, I'm suspicious of anyone who uses words like "metabolize" and "synthesize."
It does a lot of other stuff, like metabolize compounds of cancer and also a whole long list of drugs.
ID guy: For starters living organisms metabolize, they have transcription and translation processes - complete with proof-reading and error correction.
For starters living organisms metabolize, they have transcription and translation processes - complete with proof-reading and error correction.
Genetics determines how an individual woman will metabolize her own estrogen, the estrogen made inside her own body.
However, you may not be able to repair the damage caused by these chemicals while your best friend with different genetics may be able to repair damaged DNA and metabolize or detoxify those noxious substances and transform them into less caustic and damaging by products or metabolites.
Some women will metabolize their own estrogen into highly cancer causing metabolites and other women will not.
While it could be argued that MSG improves food flavor and therefore increases the amount we eat, some argue that MSG impacts the way we metabolize fat.