digestion[di jes′c̸hən, dī-]
- Digestion is defined as the process of absorbing food or ideas.
- 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.
- 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 result of this process.c. The ability to digest food.
- The process of decomposing organic matter in sewage by bacteria.
- 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