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metabolism

me·tab·o·lism

metabolism

 
pronunciation:
m tae b lih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: the processes in plants and animals by which food is changed into energy or used to make cells and tissues.
Mice have a high rate of metabolism.
derivation: metabolic (adj.)
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  diet, energy, exercise
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The word metabolism contains the following parts:
meta- Greek prefix that means change, between, after, beyond
-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.