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ANABOLIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does anabolic mean? 

ANABOLIC (adjective)
  The adjective ANABOLIC has 2 senses:

1. of or related to the synthetic phase of metabolism
2. characterized by or promoting constructive metabolism

  Familiarity information: ANABOLIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANABOLIC (adjective)


Sense 1anabolic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or related to the synthetic phase of metabolism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

anabolism (the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy)


Sense 2anabolic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by or promoting constructive metabolism

Context example:

some athletes take anabolic steroids to increase muscle size temporarily

Similar:

constructive-metabolic; energy-storing (of or relating to anabolism)

Antonym:

catabolic (characterized by destructive metabolism)


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