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anabolism

[uh-nab-uh-liz-uh m] /əˈnæb əˌlɪz əm/
noun, Biology, Physiology
1.
constructive metabolism; the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances from simpler ones (opposed to catabolism).
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; ana- + (meta)bolism
Related forms
anabolic
[an-uh-bol-ik] /ˌæn əˈbɒl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
hyperanabolic, adjective
hyperanabolism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperanabolism

anabolism

/əˈnæbəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a metabolic process in which complex molecules are synthesized from simpler ones with the storage of energy; constructive metabolism Compare catabolism
Word Origin
C19: from ana- + (meta)bolism
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Word Origin and History for hyperanabolism

anabolism

n.

1886; see anabolic + -ism.

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hyperanabolism in Medicine

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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hyperanabolism in Science
anabolism
  (ə-nāb'ə-lĭz'əm)   
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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hyperanabolism in Culture

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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Encyclopedia Article for hyperanabolism

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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