- The process, in the gastrointestinal tract, by which food is converted into substances that can be utilized by the body.
- The result of this process.
- The ability to use this process.
- The processing of decay in organic matter assisted by microorganisms.
- The assimilation and understanding of ideas.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
DIGESTION, n. The conversion of victuals into virtues. When the
process is imperfect, vices are evolved instead -- a circumstance from
which that wicked writer, Dr. Jeremiah Blenn, infers that the ladies
are the greater sufferers from dyspepsia.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Di*ges"tion (?; 106), n. [F.
digestion, L. digestio.] 1. The
act or process of digesting; reduction to order; classification;
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;
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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