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metabolic

[met-uh-bol-ik] /ˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or affected by metabolism.
2.
undergoing metamorphosis.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Greek metabolikós changeable, equivalent to metabol() (see metabolism) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
metabolically, adverb
hypermetabolic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for metabolically

metabolic

adj.

1845 in biological sense, from German metabolisch (1839), from Greek metabolikos "changeable," from metabole "a change, changing, a transition" (see metabolism). Used earlier in a general sense of "involving change" (1743). Related: Metabolically.

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metabolically in Medicine

metabolic met·a·bol·ic (mět'ə-bŏl'ĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, or resulting from metabolism.

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