Part of speech: noun

The process by which, on the one hand, food is built up into living material, and, on the other, living matter is broken up and decomposed.

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Usage examples "metabolism":

  1. A cure consists in changing the manner of living to such a rational standard that full resistance and a balanced metabolism is established. - "How and When to Be Your Own Doctor", Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon.
  2. An attempt to modify his metabolism didn't work either. - "Keep Your Shape", Robert Sheckley.
  3. Despite all the laws of physics, their body temperature had remained constant after it had reached seventy- four, showing that some form of very slow metabolism was going on. - "The Black Star Passes", John W Campbell.