catabolism definition

  • noun:
    • The metabolic break down of complex molecules into easier ones, often resulting in a release of energy.
    • destructive metabolic process, generally such as the launch of power and breakdown of products
    • the breakdown of more technical substances into easier people with release of energy, in residing organisms; destructive or downward k-calorie burning; -- a form of k-calorie burning, in opposition to anabolism. See also disassimilation.
    • In physiology, that phase of metabolism which consists in “a downward series of changes in which complex bodies are broken down with the setting free of energy into simpler and simpler waste bodies” (M. Foster): opposed to anabolism.
    • description in living organisms of more complicated substances into simpler ones together with launch of power

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