Definition of catabolize in English:

catabolize

(also catabolise)

verb

[with object]Biology
  • (of a living organism) process (a substance) by the breakdown of complex molecules to form simpler ones, together with the release of energy.

    ‘when starvation is present, the body will catabolize its own muscle protein’

Pronunciation

catabolize

/kəˈtabəlʌɪz/