- Reactions involving the oxidation of organic substrates to provide chemically available energy (e.g. ATP) and to generate metabolic intermediates.
- Generally, the process of breakdown of complex molecules into simpler ones, often providing biologically available energy.
See also: anabolism
PAC, 1992, 64, 143. 'Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992)' on page 149 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199264010143)
PAC, 1993, 65, 2003. 'Glossary for chemists of terms used in toxicology (IUPAC Recommendations 1993)' on page 2013 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199365092003)