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Metabolite

A metabolite is any substance produced during metabolism (digestion or other bodily chemical processes).

The term metabolite may also refer to the product that remains after a drug is broken down (metabolized) by the body.

References

Oakes SA. Cell injury, cell death, and adaptations. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 2.

  • Metabolite

    Metabolite - illustration

    A metabolite is any substance produced or used during metabolism (digestion). In drug use, a metabolite usually refers to the end-product (what is remaining after metabolism).

    Metabolite

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    • Metabolite

      Metabolite - illustration

      A metabolite is any substance produced or used during metabolism (digestion). In drug use, a metabolite usually refers to the end-product (what is remaining after metabolism).

      Metabolite

      illustration

     

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