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Noun: catabolism  ku'ta-bu,li-zum
  1. Breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
    - katabolism, dissimilation, destructive metabolism

Derived forms: catabolisms

Type of: biological process, organic process

Antonym: anabolism

Part of: metabolic process, metabolism

Encyclopedia: Catabolism