catabolic
catabolic catabolic adj. [Formerly spelled {katabolic}.] 1. Of or pertaining to catabolism; as, catabolic processes, which give rise to substances (katastates) of decreasing complexity and increasing stability. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. characterized by destructive metabolism; contrasted with {anabolic}. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • catabolic — catabólic adj. m., pl. catabólici; f. sg. catabólică, pl. catabólice Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  CATABÓLIC, Ă adj. Referitor la catabolism. [< fr. catabolique] …   Dicționar Român

  • catabolic — catabolism ► NOUN ▪ the breakdown of complex molecules in living organisms to form simpler ones, together with the release of energy. The opposite of ANABOLISM(Cf. ↑anabolism). DERIVATIVES catabolic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek katabol throwing… …   English terms dictionary

  • catabolic — adjective see catabolism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catabolic — See catabolism. * * * …   Universalium

  • catabolic — adjective Of, or relating to catabolism. Ant: metabolic …   Wiktionary

  • catabolic — Relating to or promoting catabolism. * * * cat·a·bol·ic also kat·a·bol·ic .kat ə bäl ik adj of or relating to catabolism cat·a·bol·i·cal·ly i k(ə )lē adv …   Medical dictionary

  • catabòlic — ca|ta|bò|lic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • catabolic — adj. pertaining to the metabolism, pertaining to the metabolic breakdown of plant and animal material in the body to release energy (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catabolic — cat·a·bol·ic …   English syllables

  • catabolic —    The part of metabolism that deals with destruction or simplification of more complex compounds. Catabolism mostly results in the release of energy.    Examples: the release of glucose by the liver, the combustion of glucose by cells …   Herbal-medical glossary

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