biotransformation

[bahy-oh-trans-fer-mey-shuh n] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌtræns fərˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the series of chemical changes occurring in a compound, especially a drug, as a result of enzymatic or other activity by a living organism.
Origin
1950–55; bio- + transformation
bio-transformation in Medicine

biotransformation bi·o·trans·for·ma·tion (bī'ō-trāns'fər-mā'shən)
n.
Chemical alteration of a substance, especially of a drug, within the body, as by the action of enzymes. Also called biodegradation.

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