The part of metabolism that deals with destruction or simplification of more complex compounds. Catabolism mostly results in the release of energy. Examples: the release of glucose by the liver, the combustion of glucose by cells.
Something that causes muscle loss. Example: Alcohol, starvation. It can also be the physical state in which muscles deteriorate, i.e. "After a tough workout, you're in a catabolic state until you have refilled your glucose levels."
breaking down of proteins that results in a weakening of bone and muscle tissue and a general decline in other important body functions. The physical degeneration that often occurs with aging is a catabolic process. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone.
Breaking down of proteins and other chemical compounds in the body. Catabolism results in a weakening of bone and muscle tissue, a loss in skin resilience, as well as a general decline in other important body functions.
The aspect of metabolism which converts nutrients or complex substances in living cells into simpler compounds with the release of energy, such as cortisol catabolizing muscle protein into glucose for quick energy.