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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 physical and chemical processes by which food is converted by a living organism to provide energy and produce and maintain cells and tissues.
When bears hibernate, their rate of metabolism drops dramatically.
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derivation: metabolic (adj.)
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