from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resulting from metabolism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to metamorphosis; pertaining to, or involving, change.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to metabolism; as, metabolic activity; metabolic force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to metamorphosis; pertaining to, or involving, change.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to metabolism

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology: Undergoing complete metamorphosis, as an insect; of or pertaining to the Metabola. Also metabolous.
  • Changeable in form; assuming different characters; polymorphic: applied by Cohn to the Infusoria.
  • In biology, exhibiting or affected by metabolism: as, metabolic processes; metabolic changes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to metabolism
  • adj. undergoing metamorphosis


Greek metabolikos, changeable, from metabol─ô, change; see metabolism.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See metabolism. (Wiktionary)


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