Anabolism

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Definition

noun

(1) The process involving a sequence of chemical reactions that constructs or synthesizes molecules from smaller units, usually requiring input of energy (ATP) in the process.

(2) A constructive type of metabolism.


Supplement

Examples are bone growth and mineralization, and muscle mass build-up.


Word origin: from the Greek: anabole, "to build up".

Compare: catabolism.
See also: metabolism.