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/əˈnabəˌlizəm/ Noun 1. The set of metabolic pathways that construct molecules from smaller units. These reactions require energy. ( 2. The constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished from catabolism. ( 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. ( 5. The synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy). ( Word origin: From Greek ana, “upward”, and ballein, “to...

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/əˈnatəmē/ Noun, pl. anatomies 1. Branch of biology that deals with the study of form and function, in plants, animals, and other organisms, or specifically in humans. ( 2. This is a branch of biology and medicine that considers the structure of living things. 3. The bodily structure of an organism or of any of its parts. (   Word origin: from the Ancient Greek ἀνατέμνειν, anatemnein: ana (separate, apart from), and temnein, (to cut up, cut...

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