of, pertaining to, or affected by metabolism.
undergoing metamorphosis.

1735–45; < Greek metabolikós changeable, equivalent to metabol() (see metabolism) + -ikos -ic

metabolically, adverb
hypermetabolic, adjective Unabridged
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metabolism (mɪˈtæbəˌlɪzəm)
1.  anabolism basal metabolism See catabolism the sum total of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms, resulting in growth, production of energy, elimination of waste material, etc
2.  the sum total of the chemical processes affecting a particular substance in the body: carbohydrate metabolism; iodine metabolism
[C19: from Greek metabolē change, from metaballein to change, from meta- + ballein to throw]

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1845, from Ger. metabolisch (1839), from Gk. metabolikos "changeable," from metabole "a change, changing," related to metaballein "to change" (see metabolism).
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metabolic met·a·bol·ic (mět'ə-bŏl'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or resulting from metabolism.

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metabolism   (mĭ-tāb'ə-lĭz'əm)  Pronunciation Key 
The chemical processes by which cells produce the substances and energy needed to sustain life. As part of metabolism, organic compounds are broken down to provide heat and energy in the process called catabolism. Simpler molecules are also used to build more complex compounds like proteins for growth and repair of tissues as part of anabolism. Many metabolic processes are brought about by the action of enzymes. The overall speed at which an organism carries out its metabolic processes is termed its metabolic rate (or, when the organism is at rest, its basal metabolic rate). Birds, for example, have a high metabolic rate, since they are warm-blooded, and their usual method of locomotion, flight, requires large amounts of energy. Accordingly, birds usually need large amounts of high-quality, energy-rich foods such as seeds or meat, which they must eat frequently. See more at cellular respiration.

metabolic adjective (mět'ə-bŏl'ĭk)
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Example sentences
Cracking the metabolic secrets of distance-racing canines.
They have experienced reversible metabolic hibernation.
The basic metabolic panel is a group of blood tests that provides information
  about your body's metabolism.
Cold intolerance can be a symptom of a metabolic problem.
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