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What is the meaning of "hypermetabolic"?

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"Hypermetabolic" is the adjectival form of "hypermetabolism," which is an increase in the body's basal metabolic rate. Hypermetabolism can be a symptom of underlying stress or significant physical trauma.

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Hypermetabolism can cause sudden weight loss, fatigue, an elevated or otherwise irregular heart rate, muscle weakness, and shortness of breath. If caused by a trauma to the body, such as an infection, burn or fracture, then the symptoms of hypermetabolism usually subside once the underlying cause is treated. A hypermetabolic state in the body also causes a significant increase in the nutritional needs of the patient and can therefore become even more taxing to the body.

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