Definition of catabolite in English:

catabolite

noun

Biochemistry
  • A product of catabolism.

    • ‘Therefore, we tested the tryptophan catabolites, picolinic acid and quinolinic acid to see if they could reproduce the effects of IDO overexpression.’
    • ‘Finally, the conspicuous polychaete sponge Isodlctya erinacea produces the yellow pigment erebusinone, a tryptophan catabolite similar to catabolites regulating crustacean molting.’
    • ‘Tryptophan catabolites are involved in crustacean molt regulation.’
    • ‘In addition, human pDCs express indoleamine 2,3-deoxygenase, an enzyme generating tryptophan catabolites, which are powerful suppressors of T-cell responses.’
    • ‘Although the nitrogen contained in chlorophyll cannot be retrieved from the senescing leaf, chlorophyll degradation is required to prevent the accumulation of free chlorophyll and of toxic chlorophyll catabolites.’

Pronunciation

catabolite

/kəˈtabəlʌɪt/