metabolize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] biology 

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/məˈtæbəlaɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theymetabolize
he/she/itmetabolizes
present participlemetabolizing
past tensemetabolized
past participlemetabolized
  1. if your body metabolizes food, oxygen etc, it changes it into a form that can be used as energy