catabolism

catabolism

n. the breakdown of more complex substances into simpler ones with release of energy, in living organisms; destructive or downward metabolism; -- a form of metabolism, opposed to anabolism. See also Disassimilation.
[Formerly spelled katabolism.]

Syn. -- katabolism, dissimilation, destructive metabolism.
[WordNet 1.5]

 

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