metabolic process


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Noun1.metabolic process - the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
cellular respiration, internal respiration, respiration - the metabolic processes whereby certain organisms obtain energy from organic molecules; processes that take place in the cells and tissues during which energy is released and carbon dioxide is produced and absorbed by the blood to be transported to the lungs
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
basal metabolism - the amount of energy required to maintain the body of an individual in a resting state
catabolism, destructive metabolism, katabolism, dissimilation - breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
fat metabolism - a metabolic process that breaks down ingested fats into fatty acids and glycerol and then into simpler compounds that can be used by cells of the body
glycolysis - a metabolic process that breaks down carbohydrates and sugars through a series of reactions to either pyruvic acid or lactic acid and releases energy for the body in the form of ATP
citric acid cycle, Krebs citric acid cycle, Krebs cycle, tricarboxylic acid cycle - in all plants and animals: a series of enzymatic reactions in mitochondria involving oxidative metabolism of acetyl compounds to produce high-energy phosphate compounds that are the source of cellular energy
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
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There is surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss," says Professor Andrew Brown, head of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.
A suction-like device draws in the tissue and cools the fat cells which shrink, break down and are removed by the body's natural metabolic process.
The gene implicated is involved in a metabolic process known as vesicle handling.
Unlike conventional maps on the metabolic process, the genome-scale metabolic network of Clamydomonas reinhardtii was reconstructed and developed into a computational model that provides predictive insights on how gene-manipulation can affect factors like growth and lipid production.
The small molecule used in the studies was the drug lapatinib (Tykerb), which disrupts an important breast cancer metabolic process called the Her2/neu signaling pathway.
High levels of the stress hormone cortisol derail the metabolic process.
Enzymes are protein molecules that assist in every metabolic process of the body.
Due to the fact that oxygen does not play a significant role in this metabolic process, it is termed an anaerobic (without oxygen) energy system.