|See basal metabolic rate the amount of energy required by an individual in the resting state, for such functions as breathing and circulation of the blood|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
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.
The rate at which an inactive, resting organism expends energy.