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Digestion


/diˈjesCHən/

Noun

1. Mechanical and chemical breakdown of food into smaller components that are more easily absorbed into a blood stream, for instance. Digestion is a form of catabolism: a breakdown of large food molecules to smaller ones. (wikipedia.org)

2. A person’s capacity to break down food in such a way. (Google Dictionary)

3. The process of treating a substance by means of heat, enzymes, or a solvent to promote decomposition or extract essential components. (Google Dictionary)

Syn: Assimilation

Word origin: Borrowed from Latin digestio, digestionem.


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