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The study of the molecules (metabolites) involved in the chemical reactions that maintain a cell (its metabolism).

Use in clinical context

The molecules involved in a cell’s metabolism are called metabolites. Examples of metabolites include fatty acids, vitamins, glucose and cholesterol.

Studying which metabolites are present, and in what concentrations, can yield important information about how a cell or tissue is functioning, as these metabolites directly reflect the biochemical state of the cell or tissue.

A cell’s metabolism is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors.

Related terms

Cell | Genetics

Last updated on 5th January, 2021