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Metabolism

Metabolism refers to all the physical and chemical processes in the body that convert or use energy, such as:

  • Breathing
  • Circulating blood
  • Controlling body temperature
  • Contracting muscles
  • Digesting food and nutrients
  • Eliminating waste through urine and feces
  • Functioning of the brain and nerves

References

Tortora GJ, Derrickson BH. Metabolism. In: Tortora GJ, Derrickson BH, eds. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. 14th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons; 2014:chap 25.

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    Metabolism is the physical and chemical processes within the body related to body functions.

    Metabolism

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  • Metabolism - illustration

    Metabolism is the physical and chemical processes within the body related to body functions.

    Metabolism

    illustration

 

Review Date: 8/22/2016

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