Metabolite

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Definition - What does Metabolite mean?

A metabolite is what a drug is transformed into as it is broken down, processed, converted into active or inactive chemicals, and then eliminated by the body. This process largely takes part in the liver, which houses the enzymes necessary to perform this task.

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When the body breaks down a drug, changes it into active or inactive chemicals, and eliminates it - a process also known as drug metabolism - what results is a drug metabolite. The enzymes required to metabolize drugs into metabolites are found in many tissues but are most heavily concentrated in the liver. The rate at which drugs are converted into metabolites varies among individuals, and typically as a person ages, the drug-metabolizing ability of the liver can be diminished by more than thirty percent.

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