basal-metabolism

basal metabolism

noun Physiology.
the minimal amount of energy necessary to maintain respiration, circulation, and other vital body functions while fasting and at total rest.

Origin:
1910–15

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basal metabolism
 
n
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

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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 [(bay-suhl, bay-zuhl muh-tab-uh-liz-uhm)]

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

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