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[muh-tab-uh-lahyz] /məˈtæb əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), metabolized, metabolizing.
to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.
Also, especially British, metabolise.
Origin of metabolize
1885-90; metabol(ism) + -ize
Related forms
metabolizability, noun
metabolizable, adjective
metabolizer, noun
unmetabolized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


to bring about or subject to metabolism
Derived Forms
metabolizable, metabolisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for metabolize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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
To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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