CATABOLISM

n. an aspect of metabolism which relates to the breakdown of larger, more complex molecules into smaller, simpler substances with a resulting release of energy. Specifically, carbohydrates (polysaccharides), fats (lipids), proteins, and nucleic acids are broken down into monosaccharides, fatty acids, amino acids, and nucleotides, respectively.

CATABOLISM: "In catabolism, energy is released or dissipated in the form of work and heat."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CATABOLISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/catabolism/ (accessed September 26, 2020).
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