metabolism

See also: Metabolism

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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.
  2. (figuratively, 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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From French métabolisme

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metabolism n (uncountable)

  1. metabolism

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