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metabolism
the sum of all the chimical process that occur in the body: catabolism & anabolism
catabolism
the breakdown of complex chemical substances into simpler components
anabolism
the building up of complex chemical substances from smaller, simpler components
responsiveness
the body's ability to detect & respond to changes; ex muscle cells contract
movement
includes motion of the whole body, individual organs, single cells, & structures inside cells
growth
increase in body size that results from an increase in the size of existing cells, the number of cells, or both
differentiation
the development of a cell from an unspecialized to a specialized state
stem cells
precursor cells which can divid and give rise to cells that undergo differentiation
reproduction
refers either to the formation of new cells for tissue growth, repair, or replacement, or to the production of a new individual