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Definition of "digestion" []

  • Physiology The process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body. It is accomplished in the alimentary canal by the mechanical and enzymatic breakdown of foods into simpler chemical compounds. (noun)
  • Physiology The result of this process. (noun)
  • Physiology The ability to digest food. (noun)
  • The process of decomposing organic matter in sewage by bacteria. (noun)
  • Assimilation of ideas or information; understanding. (noun)
  • The act or process in living organisms of breaking down ingested food material into easily absorbed and assimilated substances by the action of enzymes and other agents (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Mental assimilation, esp of ideas (noun)
  • The decomposition of sewage by the action of bacteria (noun)
  • The treatment of material with heat, solvents, chemicals, etc, to cause softening or decomposition (noun)

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Use "digestion" in a sentence
  • "I use the term "digestion" to describe the widespread dismantling, rearrangement and assimilation of a less powerful civilization into a dominant one."
  • "Nero bids me say, not to feel hurt should he show little joy at seeing you, as his digestion is all deranged since he has been here, with the constant crumbs of "suet and plums" that fall to/his/share."
  • "While the object of digestion is assimilated by being destroyed, the object of knowledge is assimilated precisely by being preserved in its own existence."