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digestion

Line breaks: di¦ges|tion
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈdʒɛstʃ(ə)n
 
, dɪ-/

Definition of digestion in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The process of digesting food.
Example sentences
  • Different regions of the digestive tract are concerned with storage, secretion, the processes of food digestion, absorption, and the elimination of waste products.
  • In addition, they typically assess everyday body processes, such as appetite, digestion, defecation, urination, and sleep.
  • You need water for all bodily processes, including digestion, waste excretion, circulation and even breathing.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A person’s capacity to digest food: he suffered with his digestion
More example sentences
  • Our digestions coped admirably and thus you will have no tales concerning toilets, bushes, and Delhi Belly.
  • Note that sensitive digestions tolerate cooked onions better than raw ones.
  • This man, perhaps, may have an easy conscience and a good digestion.
1.2 Chemistry The process of treating a substance with heat, enzymes, or a solvent to promote decomposition or extract essential components.
Example sentences
  • Elements that had been located within the protoplasts (intracellular fraction) were solubilized by digestion with concentrated nitric acid.
  • This assay does not require enzyme digestion or electrophoretic separation of DNA fragments.
  • Dried leaf discs were analysed for organic N and Ca after digestion in sulphuric acid and subsequent dilution.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin digestio(n-), from the verb digerere (see digest).

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