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▪ The apoprotein components of the lipoproteins are also demonstrated in view of the recent realisation of their importance in lipid metabolism.
▪ This might reduce the length of exposure to the atherogenic factors of hyperglycaemia and disordered lipid metabolism.
▪ The early chapters give a basic knowledge of nucleic acid metabolism and chemistry, with an outline of elementary genetics.
▪ No patient had a coexisting medical complaint likely to affect bile acid metabolism nor had any undergone previous bowel surgery other than appendicectomy.
▪ The vast majority of alcohol metabolism occurs in the liver.
▪ It has also been suggested that genetically based differences in alcohol metabolism may play a role.
▪ The principal product of alcohol metabolism is acetic acid, which is useful in many ways.
▪ Thiazide diuretic agents might adversely influence carbohydrate metabolism in several ways.
▪ These studies of whole body protein metabolism, however, simply reflect an average of events occurring in all individual tissues.
▪ It also plays an important role in lipid, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism of adults.
▪ Powell-Tuck etal measured whole body protein metabolism in 19 patients with ulcerative colitis, while they were receiving enteral or intravenous nutrition.
▪ It is probably due to the accompanying impairment in protein metabolism.
▪ In addition, they extend the observations from whole body studies of protein metabolism that have been previously reported.
▪ Ammonia, the terminal product of protein metabolism, must be excreted rapidly and diluted to non-toxic levels in the surrounding fluids.
▪ Previous investigations of protein metabolism in these clinical disorders have centred on measurements of whole body protein turnover.
▪ After about age 30, your metabolism slows down and you start to gain weight.
▪ It also plays an important role in lipid, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism of adults.
▪ Many polar species have clearly originated in this way by adaptations of metabolism, form and lifestyle.
▪ On the other hand, many scientists are certain that gigantism must preclude elevated rates of metabolism.
▪ Physiological changes that normally accompany the aging process alter absorption, distribution, excretion, and drug metabolism.
▪ The way out of this predicament was to alter their own environment through their own metabolism.
▪ Why should we think that metabolism is controlled, but not the vortex?
▪ Women also have different metabolism rates than men, causing medicine to affect their bodies differently.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Metabolism \Me*tab"o*lism\, n. (Physiol.)

  1. The act or process, by which living tissues or cells take up and convert into their own proper substance the nutritive material brought to them by the blood, or by which they transform their cell protoplasm into simpler substances, which are fitted either for excretion or for some special purpose, as in the manufacture of the digestive enzymes. Hence, metabolism may be either constructive ( anabolism), or destructive ( catabolism).

  2. (Biol.) The series of chemical changes which take place in an organism, by means of which food is manufactured and utilized and waste materials are eliminated.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

in physiology sense, 1878, from French métabolisme, from Greek metabole "a change," from metaballein "to change," from meta- "over" (see meta-) + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).


n. (context physiology English) The complete set of chemical reactions that occur in living cells.

  1. n. the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals [syn: metamorphosis]

  2. the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life [syn: metabolic process, metastasis]


Metabolism (from metabolē, "change") is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. The three main purposes of metabolism are the conversion of food/fuel to energy to run cellular processes, the conversion of food/fuel to building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates, and the elimination of nitrogenous wastes. These enzyme-catalyzed reactions allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The word metabolism can also refer to the sum of all chemical reactions that occur in living organisms, including digestion and the transport of substances into and between different cells, in which case the set of reactions within the cells is called intermediary metabolism or intermediate metabolism.

Metabolism is usually divided into two categories: catabolism, the breaking down of organic matter, for example, by cellular respiration, and anabolism, the building up of components of cells such as proteins and nucleic acids. Usually, breaking down releases energy and building up consumes energy.

The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable reactions that require energy that will not occur by themselves, by coupling them to spontaneous reactions that release energy. Enzymes act as catalysts that allow the reactions to proceed more rapidly. Enzymes also allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes in the cell's environment or to signals from other cells.

The metabolic system of a particular organism determines which substances it will find nutritious and which poisonous. For example, some prokaryotes use hydrogen sulfide as a nutrient, yet this gas is poisonous to animals. The speed of metabolism, the metabolic rate, influences how much food an organism will require, and also affects how it is able to obtain that food.

A striking feature of metabolism is the similarity of the basic metabolic pathways and components between even vastly different species. For example, the set of carboxylic acids that are best known as the intermediates in the citric acid cycle are present in all known organisms, being found in species as diverse as the unicellular bacterium Escherichia coli and huge multicellular organisms like elephants. These striking similarities in metabolic pathways are likely due to their early appearance in evolutionary history, and their retention because of their efficacy.

Metabolism (architecture)

was a post-war Japanese architectural movement that fused ideas about architectural megastructures with those of organic biological growth. It had its first international exposure during CIAM's 1959 meeting and its ideas were tentatively tested by students from Kenzo Tange's MIT studio.

During the preparation for the 1960 Tōkyō World Design Conference a group of young architects and designers, including Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa and Fumihiko Maki prepared the publication of the Metabolism manifesto. They were influenced by a wide variety of sources including Marxist theories and biological processes. Their manifesto was a series of four essays entitled: Ocean City, Space City, Towards Group Form, and Material and Man, and it also included designs for vast cities that floated on the oceans and plug-in capsule towers that could incorporate organic growth. Although the World Design Conference gave the Metabolists exposure on the international stage their ideas remained largely theoretical.

Some smaller, individual buildings that employed the principles of Metabolism were built and these included Tange's Yamanashi Press and Broadcaster Centre and Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower. The greatest concentration of their work was to be found at the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka where Tange was responsible for master planning the whole site whilst Kikutake and Kurokawa designed pavilions. After the 1973 oil crisis, the Metabolists turned their attention away from Japan and toward Africa and the Middle East.

Usage examples of "metabolism".

This would mean, according to our present understanding of heredity, an inherited abnormality in one or more enzyme systems and a metabolism that is therefore disordered in some specific manner.

She offered cauf, but he refused, fearing the effect any stimulant might have on his confused metabolism.

We heard the Demarchy had tailored the sulphur-based metabolism of the ventlings for human use.

My guess would be that uranium salts act as a catalytic agent in the processes of metabolism and digestion, somewhat as some of our own ductless gland secretions.

Chiefly, that by generating your own energy you, the animal, have a higher rate of metabolism and so can be more active for longer periods than ectothermic animals, which need prolonged periods of warming up in the sun.

This was dramatically demonstrated in a study of equilin metabolism in endometrial tissue taken from postmenopausal women.

The miniature transceiver built into the sides of the sheath probed the grass with sonics to analyze its molecular structure, then broadcast the data to Fess, who determined if any of the molecules were incompatible with human metabolism.

Hereditary galactose metabolism defects can be controlled through enzyme synthesis.

As far as its effect on carbohydrate metabolism is concerned, epinephrine resembles glucagon in hastening the breakdown of glycogen to glucose so that the blood level of glucose rises.

To Iome, with her six endowments of metabolism, the gree hawk did not seem to present much of a threat, but to a commoner it would have seemed to be flitting about at lightning speed.

Rose, S P R, and Csillag, A Passive avoidance training results in lasting changes in deoxyglucose metabolism in left hemispheric regions of chick brain.

Like his animal self, the quoll was in constant motion, willing landlord of a metabolism set permanently on overdrive.

Her metabolism seemed to mind warmth no more than it had subarctic cold.

In the four-letter classification system the first letter was a guide to the general metabolism, the second to the number and distribution of limbs and sense organs, and the rest to a combination of pressure and gravity requirements, which also gave an indication of the physical mass and form of protective tegument a being possessed.

The Yeep, with their narrow-range, starch-oriented metabolism, depended almost entirely on the puffdocks for a food supply.