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catabolize

/ca·tab·o·lize/ (-līz) to subject to catabolism; to undergo catabolism.

catabolize

(kə-tăb′ə-līz′)
intr. & tr.v. catabo·lized, catabo·lizing, catabo·lizes
To undergo or cause to undergo catabolism.
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If the daily energy balance is positive, new energy reserves are stored as tissue; if negative, a shorebird catabolizes body tissue to make up the difference.
Research by Pariza's team now suggests that CLA may also prove beneficial in treating cachexia, a wasting that occurs when the body catabolizes -- burns up -- muscle in an attempt to meet the high energy demands of fighting certain chronic diseases, such as malaria or cancer.
Circulating endothelin-1 is increased in PE relative to normal pregnancy and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase, an enzyme that catabolizes tryptophan, is reduced, diminishing the inhibitory action of tryptophan depletion and resulting in immune cell activation.