verb (used with object), verb (used without object), metabolized, metabolizing.
to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.
Also, especially British, metabolise.

1885–90; metabol(ism) + -ize

metabolizability, noun
metabolizable, adjective
metabolizer, noun
unmetabolized, adjective Unabridged
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metabolize or metabolise (mɪˈtæbəˌlaɪz)
to bring about or subject to metabolism
metabolise or metabolise
me'tabolizable or metabolise
me'tabolisable or metabolise

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Word Origin & History

1887 (trans.), 1934 (intrans.), from Gk. metabole (see metabolism) + -ize.
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Medical Dictionary

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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Science Dictionary
metabolize   (mĭ-tāb'ə-līz')  Pronunciation Key 
To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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Example sentences
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.
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