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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For example, some of the energy may be used up (wasted) during the breakdown of alcohol by a pathway known as the microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system (MEOS).
The second system, which is activated mainly after heavy alcohol consumption, is the microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system (MEOS).
A secondary pathway of alcohol metabolism involves an enzyme system called the microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system (MEOS), which helps eliminate many toxic compounds from the body and uses an enzyme called cytochrome P450 ([CYP.sub.2E1]).