- catabolic process
- metabolic breakdown
- Destructive metabolism involving release of energy (heat) and resulting in breakdown of complex materials within the organism.
Definition from: PSY via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- The chemical reactions and pathways resulting in the breakdown of substances, including the breakdown of carbon compounds with the liberation of energy for use by the cell or organism.
Definition from: GO via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.