Disassimilation
Disassimilation Dis`as*sim`i*la"tion, n. (Physics) The decomposition of complex substances, within the organism, into simpler ones suitable only for excretion, with evolution of energy, -- a normal nutritional process the reverse of assimilation; downward metabolism; -- now more commonly called {catabolism}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The breaking down of already existing chemical compounds into simpler ones, sometimes called disassimilation. --Martin. [1913 Webster]


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  • disassimilation — Destructive or retrograde metabolism. SYN: dissimilation (1). * * * dis·as·sim·i·la·tion (dis″ə sim″ĭ laґshən) [dis + assimilation] dissimilation …   Medical dictionary

  • disassimilation — dis·assimilation …   English syllables

  • disassimilation — noun see disassimilate …   Useful english dictionary

  • catabolism — Disassimilation Dis as*sim i*la tion, n. (Physics) The decomposition of complex substances, within the organism, into simpler ones suitable only for excretion, with evolution of energy, a normal nutritional process the reverse of assimilation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catabolism — n. the breakdown of more complex substances into simpler ones with release of energy, in living organisms; destructive or downward metabolism; a form of metabolism, opposed to {anabolism}. See also {Disassimilation}. [Formerly spelled… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disassimilate — Dis as*sim i*late, v. t. (Physiol.) To subject to disassimilation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disassimilative — Dis as*sim i*la*tive, a. (Physiol.) Having power to disassimilate; of the nature of disassimilation. [1913 Webster] Disassimilative processes constitute a marked feature in the life of animal cells. McKendrick. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Katabolism — Ka*tab o*lism, n. [Gr. ? down + ? to throw.] (Physiol.) Destructive or downward metabolism; regressive metamorphism; same as {catabolism} (now the more common spelling); opposed to {anabolism}. See {Disassimilation}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • katabolism — catabolism catabolism n. the breakdown of more complex substances into simpler ones with release of energy, in living organisms; destructive or downward metabolism; a form of metabolism, opposed to {anabolism}. See also {Disassimilation}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dissimilation — 1. SYN: disassimilation. 2. SYN: catabolism. * * * dis·sim·i·la·tion (.)dis .im ə lā shən n CATABOLISM dis·sim·i·late ( )dis im ə .lāt vt, lat·ed; lat·ing dis·sim·i·la·tive .lāt iv …   Medical dictionary

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