Origin of ingestfrom Classical Latin ingestus, past participle of ingerere, to carry, put into from in-, into + gerere, to carry
A woman about to ingest a pill.
- When you eat a cookie, this is an example of when you ingest the cookie.
- When you read a book and learn the information, this is an example of when you ingest the information.
transitive verbin·gest·ed, in·gest·ing, in·gests
- To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption. See Synonyms at eat.
- To take in and absorb as food: “Marine ciliates … can be observed … ingesting other single-celled creatures and harvesting their chloroplasts” ( Carol Kaesuk Yoon )
Origin of ingestLatin ingerere ingest- in- in ; see in- 2. gerere to carry
(third-person singular simple present ingests, present participle ingesting, simple past and past participle ingested)
From Latin ingerere (“to carry in”)
- The former "piggy backs" on fat when entering the body, making it a requirement to consume proper amounts of fat for complete absorption, and it also makes it hard to get rid of in case you accidentally ingest too much.
- Tube feedings may be required in some patients with failure to thrive, aspiration pneumonia, difficulty swallowing, or an inability to ingest adequate calories orally to maintain nutritional status or promote growth.
- When people with fructose intolerance ingest fructose or sucrose (cane or beet sugar, table sugar), complicated chemical changes occur in the body due to the absence of the enzyme needed to process these sugars.
- Many consumers want everything they ingest or place on their bodies to be certified organic, and this includes the herbs used to produce remedies for a variety of ailments.
- For example, a person suffering from a cold may ingest an herbal substance that mimics the symptoms of the cold, although the substance will typically be greatly diluted.