anabolism

[uh-nab-uh-liz-uhm]
noun Biology, Physiology.
constructive metabolism; the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances from simpler ones (opposed to catabolism ).

Origin:
1885–90; ana- + (meta)bolism

anabolic [an-uh-bol-ik] , adjective
hyperanabolic, adjective
hyperanabolism, noun
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anabolism (əˈnæbəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
Compare catabolism a metabolic process in which complex molecules are synthesized from simpler ones with the storage of energy; constructive metabolism
 
[C19: from ana- + (meta)bolism]

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anabolism a·nab·o·lism (ə-nāb'ə-lĭz'əm)
n.
The phase of metabolism in which simple substances are synthesized into the complex materials of living tissue.


an'a·bol'ic (ān'ə-bŏl'ĭk) adj.
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anabolism   (ə-nāb'ə-lĭz'əm)  Pronunciation Key 
The phase of metabolism in which complex molecules, such as the proteins and fats that make up body tissue, are formed from simpler ones. Compare catabolism.

anabolic adjective
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anabolism definition


The chemical reactions that synthesize molecules in metabolism. (Compare catabolism.)

Note: Athletes often attempt to improve their performance by speeding up this molecule-building process through the use of drugs called anabolic steroids, despite the potential health risks involved. This use is outlawed in many athletic competitions, such as the Olympic Games.
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anabolism

the sequences of enzyme-catalyzed reactions by which relatively complex molecules are formed in living cells from nutrients with relatively simple structures. Anabolic processes, which include the synthesis of such cell components as carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, require energy in the form of energy-rich compounds (e.g., adenosine triphosphate) that are produced during breakdown processes (see catabolism). In growing cells, anabolic processes dominate over catabolic ones; in nongrowing cells, a balance exists between the two

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