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am·phi·bol·ic

(am'fi-bol'ik),
Referring to reactions or biologic pathways that serve in both biosynthesis and degradation (that is, anabolism and catabolism).
[amphi- + metabolic]

amphibolic

/am·phi·bol·ic/ (am″fĭ-bol´ik)
1. uncertain; vacillating; see under stage .
2. see under pathway.

am·phi·bol·ic

, amphibolous (am'fi-bol'ik)
Referring to reactions or biologic pathways that serve in both biosynthesis and degradation (i.e., anabolism and catabolism).
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