Metabolism Definition

What Does Metabolism Mean in Science?

Metabolism refers to the set of biochemical reactions that occur in a cell or organism.
Metabolism refers to the set of biochemical reactions that occur in a cell or organism. Yagi Studio / Getty Images

Metabolism Definition

Metabolism is the set of biochemical reactions involved in storing fuel molecules and converting fuel molecules into energy. Metabolism may also refer to the sequence of biochemical reactions compounds undergo inside a living cell. Metabolism or metabolic reactions include anabolic reactions and catabolic reactions.

Also Known As: metabolic reactions, metabolic

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Metabolism Definition." ThoughtCo, Jun. 1, 2016, thoughtco.com/definition-of-metabolism-605884. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2016, June 1). Metabolism Definition. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-metabolism-605884 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Metabolism Definition." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-metabolism-605884 (accessed May 28, 2018).