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metabolic (adj.)

1845 in the biological sense "exhibiting or affected by metabolism," from German metabolisch (1839), from Greek metabolikos "changeable," from metabole "a change, changing, a transition" (see metabolism). Related: Metabolically.

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Definitions of metabolic

metabolic (adj.)
of or relating to metabolism;
metabolic rate
metabolic (adj.)
undergoing metamorphosis;
Synonyms: metabolous
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