Adjective "catabolic" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/katəˈbɒlɪk/

Definitions and examples

adjective

  1. 'During catabolic stress intracellular glutamine levels can drop more than 50 percent, and it is under these circumstances that supplemental glutamine becomes necessary.'
  2. 'There they are converted to fatty acids, amino acids, and glycogen, or else oxidized by the various catabolic pathways of cells.'

Definitions

1. destructive metabolism; the breaking down in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones, with the release of energy (opposed to anabolism).

More examples(as adjective)

"rates can be catabolic."

Origin

(catabolism)