A metabolic pathway that can both create and destroy metabolites (that is, it is both anabolic and catabolic). Such an intermediate pathway allows using the breakdown products from one pathway as the substrates, or ingredients, for a compound in another pathway.

From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.

Am`phi*bol"ic (#), a.


Of or pertaining to amphiboly; ambiguous; equivocal.


Of or resembling the mineral amphibole.


© Webster 1913.

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