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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 me·tab·o·lism /məˈtæbəˌlɪzəm/
 新陳代謝,變形

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 me·tab·o·lism /məˈtæbəˌlɪzəm/ 名詞
 新陳代謝,代謝作用

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Me·tab·o·lism n. Physiol.
 1. The act or process, by which living tissues or cells take up and convert into their own proper substance the nutritive material brought to them by the blood, or by which they transform their cell protoplasm into simpler substances, which are fitted either for excretion or for some special purpose, as in the manufacture of the digestive enzymes.  Hence, metabolism may be either constructive (anabolism), or destructive (catabolism).
 2. Biol. The series of chemical changes which take place in an organism, by means of which food is manufactured and utilized and waste materials are eliminated.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 metabolism
      n 1: the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult
           that occurs in some animals [syn: metamorphosis]
      2: the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are
         necessary for life [syn: metabolic process, metastasis]