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Definition of Metabolic

Metabolic: Relating to metabolism, the whole range of biochemical processes that occur within us (or any living organism). Metabolism consists of anabolism (the buildup of substances) and catabolism (the breakdown of substances).

The term "metabolic" is often used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18074
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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