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1887 (transitive), 1934 (intransitive), from Greek metabole "a change" (see metabolism) + -ize. Related: Metabolized; metabolizing.
metabolize me·tab·o·lize (mĭ-tāb'ə-līz')v. me·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing, me·tab·o·liz·es
To subject to metabolism.
To produce by metabolism.
To undergo change by metabolism.