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Digestion definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. The conversion of food into chyme, or the process of dissolving aliment in the stomach and preparing it for circulation and nourishment. A good digestion is essential to health.
2. In chemistry, the operation of exposing bodies to a gentle heat, to prepare them for some action on each other; or the slow action of a solvent on any substance.
3. The act of methodizing and reducing to order; the maturation of a design.
4. The process of maturing an ulcer or wound, and disposing it to generate pus; or the generation of matter.
5. The process of dissolution and preparation of substances for manure, as in compost.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the process of decomposing organic matter (as in sewage) by bacteria or by chemical action or heat
2: the organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body
3: learning and coming to understand ideas and information; "his appetite for facts was better than his digestion"

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century the action, process, or power of digesting: as a. the process of making food absorbable by dissolving it and breaking it down into simpler chemical compounds that occurs in the living body chiefly through the action of enzymes secreted into the alimentary canal b. the process in sewage treatment by which organic matter in sludge is decomposed by anaerobic bacteria with the release of a burnable mixture of gases

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the process of digesting. 2 the capacity to digest food (has a weak digestion). 3 digesting a substance by means of heat, enzymes, or a solvent. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L digestio -onis (as DIGEST)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Digestion Di*ges"tion (?; 106), n. [F. digestion, L. digestio.] 1. The act or process of digesting; reduction to order; classification; thoughtful consideration. 2. (Physiol.) The conversion of food, in the stomach and intestines, into soluble and diffusible products, capable of being absorbed by the blood. 3. (Med.) Generation of pus; suppuration.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(digestions) 1. Digestion is the process of digesting food. No liquids are served with meals because they interfere with digestion. 2. Your digestion is the system in your body which digests your food. N-COUNT: usu poss N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Conversion of food into chyme. 2. Methodizing, digesting, classifying. 3. (Chem.) Macerating, maceration, steeping.

Moby Thesaurus

ablation, absorbency, absorbent, absorption, adsorbent, adsorption, assimilation, attrition, bile, blending, blotter, blotting, blotting paper, burning up, chemisorption, chemosorption, consumption, depletion, digestive system, drain, eating up, endosmosis, engrossment, erosion, exhaustion, exosmosis, expending, expenditure, finishing, gastric juice, gastrointestinal tract, imbibing, impoverishment, infiltration, ingestion, intestinal juice, liver, maceration, mastication, osmosis, pancreas, pancreatic digestion, pancreatic juice, percolation, predigestion, pulpefaction, pulpification, pulping, saliva, salivary digestion, salivary glands, secondary digestion, seepage, soaking-up, sorption, spending, sponge, sponging, squandering, taking-in, using up, wastage, waste, wastefulness, wasting away, wearing away, wearing down


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