Arches. Photo by Daniel Chia
HOPES: Huntington's Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford
Nov
16
2010

metabolism

The process of cells burning food to produce energy. This is similar to a car’s engine burning gasoline to produce the energy that is used to rotate the car’s wheels. The cell’s mitochondria acts as the car’s engine, the food we eat acts as the gasoline, and the energy we need to move and think is similar to the energy used to move the car. Also referred to as energy metabolism.Adj. Metabolic