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basal metabolism

noun, Physiology
1.
the minimal amount of energy necessary to maintain respiration, circulation, and other vital body functions while fasting and at total rest.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • Energy intake tailored to basal metabolism and level of physical activity.
British Dictionary definitions for basal metabolism

basal metabolism

noun
1.
the amount of energy required by an individual in the resting state, for such functions as breathing and circulation of the blood See basal metabolic rate
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basal metabolism in Medicine

basal metabolism n.
The minimum amount of energy required to maintain vital functions in an organism at complete rest, measured by the basal metabolic rate in a fasting individual.

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basal metabolism in Culture
basal metabolism [(bay-suhl, bay-zuhl muh-tab-uh-liz-uhm)]

The rate at which an inactive, resting organism expends energy.

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