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basal metabolism

 

Definition: oxygen used by a subject during minimal physiologic activity while awake; an obsolete test determined by measuring oxygen consumption of a fasting subject at complete bodily and mental rest and a room temperature of 20°C.

Synonym(s): basal metabolic rate

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