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Anabolism


/əˈnabəˌlizəm/

Noun

1. The set of metabolic pathways that construct molecules from smaller units. These reactions require energy. (wikipedia.org)

2. The constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished from catabolism. (wiktionary.org)

3. The phase of metabolism in which simple substances are synthesized into the complex materials of living tissue. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

4. The process involving a sequence of chemical reactions that constructs or synthesizes molecules from smaller units, usually requiring input of energy (ATP) in the process. (biology-online.org)

5. The synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy). (wordnetweb.princeton.edu)

Word origin: From Greek ana, “upward”, and ballein, “to throw”

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