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Catabolism

Synonym(s)

  • breakdown
  • catabolic process
  • catabolism
  • degradation
  • metabolic breakdown

Definition(s)

Destructive metabolism involving release of energy (heat) and resulting in breakdown of complex materials within the organism.

Definition from: PSY via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. 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 SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: February 23, 2015