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oxidation, decomposition, and synthesis of fats in the tissues.
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The sum of the physical and chemical changes involved in the breakdown and synthesis of fats in the body. Dietary fats are digested to fatty acids and glycerol in the small intestine, absorbed, and reformed into triglycerides that are transported in the form of chylomicrons. Fats may be stored in adipose tissue as potential energy or may be broken down to provide immediate energy. The liver has enzymes for the beta-oxidation of fatty acids and their use in the Krebs cycle. Fats may be formed from excess dietary carbohydrate or amino acids. Synthetic reactions produce phospholipids and steroids.
See also: metabolism
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fat me·tab·o·lism(fat mĕ-tabŏ-lizm)
Oxidation, decomposition, and synthesis of fats in the tissues.
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