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Metabolism refers to all the physical and chemical processes in the body that convert or use energy, such as:
- Digesting food and nutrients
- Eliminating waste through urine and feces
- Circulating blood
- Controlling body temperature
- Contracting muscles
- Functioning of the brain and nerves
Elsas LJ. Approach to inborn errors of metabolism. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 216.
Review Date: 10/18/2008
Reviewed By: A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Greg Juhn, MTPW, David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine (10/18/2008).