Definition of rumen in English:

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rumen

Pronunciation: /ˈro͞omən/

noun (plural rumens or rumina /-mənə/)

Zoology
The first stomach of a ruminant, which receives food or cud from the esophagus, partly digests it with the aid of bacteria, and passes it to the reticulum.
Example sentences
  • When calves are fed milk it is funnelled through the oesophageal groove to the true stomach, bypassing the rumen.
  • So mammals are unable to digest cellulose, except some ruminants that have cellulase-secreting bacteria in their rumens.
  • He was interested in improving digestive processes within the rumen, the first of the four stomachs of ruminant animals, where cellulose is broken down by bacteria.

Derivatives

ruminal

adjective

Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin, literally 'throat'.

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Syllabification: ru·men

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