microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system


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mi·cro·so·mal eth·a·nol-ox·i·diz·ing sys·tem

(MEOS) (mī'krō-sō'măl eth'ă-nol-oks'i-dīz-ing sis'tĕm)
A hepatic enzyme system that metabolizes alcohol, drugs, and other foreign substances in the blood.
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metabolized) in the liver primarily through two pathways: the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) pathway and the microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system (MEOS).
The second system, which is activated mainly after heavy alcohol consumption, is the microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system (MEOS).