metabolic process

Definitions of metabolic process
  1. noun
    the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
    synonyms: metabolism
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    cellular respiration, internal respiration, respiration
    the metabolic processes whereby certain organisms obtain energy from organic molecules; processes that take place in the cells and tissues during which energy is released and carbon dioxide is produced and absorbed by the blood to be transported to the lungs
    basal metabolism
    the amount of energy required to maintain the body of an individual in a resting state
    fat metabolism
    a metabolic process that breaks down ingested fats into fatty acids and glycerol and then into simpler compounds that can be used by cells of the body
    glycolysis
    a metabolic process that breaks down carbohydrates and sugars through a series of reactions to either pyruvic acid or lactic acid and releases energy for the body in the form of ATP
    type of:
    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
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