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Metabolism

Definition

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

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

References

Elsas LJ. Approach to inborn errors of metabolism. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 216.


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