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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Metabolismo celular

Cellular metabolism (SEL-yoo-ler meh-TA-buh-lih-zum)
The sum of all chemical changes that take place in a cell through which energy and basic components are provided for essential processes, including the synthesis of new molecules and the breakdown and removal of others.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.