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metabolize

[muh-tab-uh-lahyz] /məˈtæb əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), metabolized, metabolizing.
1.
to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.
Also, especially British, metabolise.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; metabol(ism) + -ize
Related forms
metabolizability, noun
metabolizable, adjective
metabolizer, noun
unmetabolized, adjective
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Examples for metabolize
  • Without moisture, aerobic microorganisms can't metabolize the organic material in the pile and composting is extremely slow.
  • Dogs don't metabolize and excrete theobromine as fast as humans, causing toxic buildup in the blood.
  • Adrenaline in the system of an excited animal can metabolize the drugs leaving little effect to immobilize.
  • After a garlic-heavy meal, some eaters leak pungent sweat, as their bodies metabolize sulfurous compounds.
  • Children appear to metabolize decongestants differently than adults.
  • After being injected with radioactive chemicals that help to metabolize glucose, the monkeys perform certain tasks.
  • Bacteria in ponds can produce similar rosettes as they metabolize minerals.
  • The body interprets any sudden shortage as a signal to metabolize fat.
  • These genes allow the ant to metabolize the toxins frequently found in unfamiliar food.
  • They can be quite toxic and they can be slow to break down or metabolize in the environment and in the human body.
British Dictionary definitions for metabolize

metabolize

/mɪˈtæbəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to bring about or subject to metabolism
Derived Forms
metabolizable, metabolisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for metabolize
v.

1887 (transitive), 1934 (intransitive), from Greek metabole "a change" (see metabolism) + -ize. Related: Metabolized; metabolizing.

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metabolize in Medicine

metabolize me·tab·o·lize (mĭ-tāb'ə-līz')
v. me·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing, me·tab·o·liz·es

  1. To subject to metabolism.

  2. To produce by metabolism.

  3. To undergo change by metabolism.

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metabolize in Science
metabolize
  (mĭ-tāb'ə-līz')   
To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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