verb (used with or without object), me·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing.

  1. to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.


  1. to bring about or subject to metabolism

v.1887 (transitive), 1934 (intransitive), from Greek metabole “a change” (see metabolism) + -ize. Related: Metabolized; metabolizing. v.

  1. To subject to metabolism.
  2. To produce by metabolism.
  3. To undergo change by metabolism.

  1. To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.
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