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[hyper- + metabolism]
An increased rate of metabolism, e.g., as in fever, salicylate overdose, and other physiological or toxic stresses. It may be caused by sepsis and severe burn injuries.
SYN: SEE: hypermetabolic state
SEE: response, stress
hypermetabolic (hī″pĕr-met″ă-bol′ik ), adj.