Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
metabolism

me·tab·o·lism

metabolism

 
 
pronunciation:
m tae b lih zm
features:
Word Explorer, Word Parts
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.
derivation: metabolic (adj.)
Word Explorer
See
  diet, energy, exercise
Word Parts
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
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.