catabolism

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From Ancient Greek καταβολή (katabolē, throwing down), from κατά (kata, down) + βάλλω (ballō, I throw).

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catabolism (usually uncountable, plural catabolisms)

  1. (biochemistry) destructive metabolism, usually including the release of energy and breakdown of materials

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