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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

Shulman GI, Petersen KF. Metabolism. In: Boron WF, Boulpaep EL, eds. Medical Physiology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 58.

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  • Metabolism

    Metabolism - illustration

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

    Metabolism

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    • Metabolism

      Metabolism - illustration

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

      Metabolism

      illustration

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