ba'sal metabol'ic rate'

the rate at which energy is expended in a basal condition, calculated as calories per hour per square meter of body surface and compared with a normal standard expressed as the percentage above or below the amount of oxygen normally used at rest, -15 to +5 percent being considered normal. Abbr.: BMR

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basal ganglionbasal metabolism
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