- An example of digestion is a person's body turning carbohydrates into energy.
- An example of digestion is a student understanding a chapter they've read in a textbook.
Digestion is defined as the process of absorbing food or ideas.
- the act or process of digesting food
- the ability to digest food
- the absorption of ideas
- decomposition of sewage by bacteria
Origin of digestionMiddle English digestioun from Old French digestion from Classical Latin digestio
- a. The process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed and assimilated by a living organism. In most animals it is accomplished in the digestive tract by the mechanical and enzymatic breakdown of foods into simpler chemical compounds.b. The ability to digest food.
- Biochemistry The process of decomposing complex organic substances into simpler substances, as by the action of enzymes or bacteria.
- Chemistry The process of softening or disintegrating by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.
- Assimilation of ideas or information; understanding.
(countable and uncountable, plural digestions)
- 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.
- (medicine, archaic) Generation of pus; suppuration.
OriginSee also: digestión
From Old French digestion