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Main Entry: me·tab·o·lism
Pronunciation: mschwa-primarystresstab-schwa-secondarystressliz-schwam
Function: noun
1 a : the sum of the processes in the buildup and destruction of protoplasm; specifically : the chemical changes in living cells by which energy is provided for vital processes and activities and new material is assimilated <methods of determining body and tissue metabolism -- Bulletin of the University of Kentucky> -- see ANABOLISM, CATABOLISM b : the sum of the processes by which a particular substance is handled (as by assimilation and incorporation or by detoxification and excretion) in the living body <the metabolism of iodine in the thyroid>
2 : METAMORPHOSIS 2 -- usually used in combination <holometabolism>

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