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katabolism

(kəˈtæbəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Biochemistry) a variant spelling of catabolism
katabolic adj
ˌkataˈbolically adv

catabolism, katabolism

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.katabolism - 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
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She could feel it, the terrible katabolism and metabolism in her blood, changing her even as a creature, changing her to another creature" (421).
We can tell you of evolution in concrete detail, as of horse from clumsy tapiroid, flower from humble weed; but you caught the first breath of Brahma; the antithesis of anabolism and katabolism with its physiological details and their outcomes.