metabolite

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See also: métabolite

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Etymology[edit]

From metabolism +‎ -ite.

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  • IPA(key): /mɪˈtæbəlaɪt/

Noun[edit]

metabolite (plural metabolites)

  1. Any substance produced by, or taking part in, a metabolic reaction.
    • 2001, Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, p. 33.
      Cannabis and some of its metabolites, for example, persist in the fat stores of the body for several weeks after a single dose.
    • 2015, Ferris Jabr, How Humans Ended Up With Freakishly Huge Brains, Wired:
      In addition to looking at gene expression, Bozek and her colleagues analyzed levels of metabolites, a diverse group of small molecules that includes sugars, nucleic acids and neurotransmitters. Many metabolites are either necessary for metabolism or produced by it.

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