verb (used with or without object), me·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing.
- to subject to metabolism; change by metabolism.
- to bring about or subject to metabolism
v.1887 (transitive), 1934 (intransitive), from Greek metabole “a change” (see metabolism) + -ize. Related: Metabolized; metabolizing. v.
- To subject to metabolism.
- To produce by metabolism.
- To undergo change by metabolism.
- To subject a substance to metabolism or produce a substance by metabolism.