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ca·tab·o·lism

 (kə-tăb′ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
The metabolic breakdown of complex molecules into simpler ones, often resulting in a release of energy.


cat′a·bol′ic (kăt′ə-bŏl′ĭk) adj.
cat′a·bol′i·cal·ly adv.

catabolism

(kəˈtæbəˌlɪzəm) or

katabolism

n
(Biochemistry) a metabolic process in which complex molecules are broken down into simple ones with the release of energy; destructive metabolism. Compare anabolism
[C19 katabolism, from Greek katabolē a throwing down, from kataballein, from kata- down + ballein to throw]
catabolic, katabolic adj
ˌcataˈbolically, ˌkataˈbolically adv

ca•tab•o•lism

(kəˈtæb əˌlɪz əm)

n.
destructive metabolism; the breaking down in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones, with the release of energy (opposed to anabolism).
[1875–80; cata- + (meta)bolism]
cat•a•bol•ic (ˌkæt əˈbɒl ɪk) adj.
cat`a•bol′i•cal•ly, adv.
ca•tab′o•lize`, v.i., v.t. -lized, -liz•ing.

ca·tab·o·lism

(kə-tăb′ə-lĭz′əm)
The phase of metabolism in which energy in the form of ATP is produced by the breakdown of complex molecules, such as proteins and fats, into simpler ones. Compare anabolism.

catabolic adjective

catabolism

1. the metabolic process in which energy is liberated for use in work.
2. destructive metabolism.
See also: Change
Biology, Physiology. the destructive processes of chemical ehange in living organisms, characterized by the breaking down of complex substances into simpler ones, with a release of energy. Cf. anabolism. — catabolic, adj.
See also: Organisms
the destructive process of metabolism in which living matter is turned into waste. — catabolic, adj.
See also: Decaying

catabolism

Chemical reactions in the body that break down complex food substances into simpler substances, releasing energy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catabolism - breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
metabolic process, metabolism - the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
anabolism, constructive metabolism - the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy
Translations
katabolizam
katabolizm

catabolism

nAbbaustoffwechsel m, → Katabolismus m (spec)

ca·tab·o·lism

n. catabolismo, proceso por el cual sustancias complejas se reducen a compuestos más simples.