See also: Metabolism

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Etymology

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From Ancient Greek μεταβολή (metabolḗ, change) +‎ -ism, from μεταβάλλω (metabállō, I change, I alter) +‎ (, action noun suffix).

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metabolism (countable and uncountable, plural metabolisms)

  1. (physiology) The chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.
    Hyponyms: anabolism, catabolism
    The metabolisms of aerobic bacteria require oxygen
  2. (physiology, by extension) The rate at which these processes occur for a given organism
    Small animals have a much higher metabolism than large animals because they lose more body heat
  3. (figurative, by extension) The processes that maintain any dynamic system.
    • 1980, Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave, page 230:
      The results of this generalized speedup of the corporate metabolism are multiple: shorter product life cycles, more leasing and renting, more frequent buying and selling, more ephemeral consumption patterns, []

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Romanian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from French métabolisme.

Noun

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metabolism n (uncountable)

  1. metabolism

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metabolism c

  1. metabolism
    Synonym: ämnesomsättning

Declension

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Declension of metabolism 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative metabolism metabolismen
Genitive metabolisms metabolismens

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