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[al-uh-men-tey-shuh n] /ˌæl ə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən/
nourishment; nutrition.
maintenance; support.
addition to the volume of a glacial mass, chiefly by the accumulation of ice, snow, or névé.
Compare ablation (def 2).
Origin of alimentation
First recorded in 1580-90, alimentation is from the Medieval Latin word alimentātiōn- (stem of alimentātiō). See aliment, -ation
Related forms
superalimentation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for alimentation
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  • This divergence is shown, first, in the method of alimentation.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • Like the respiration, the alimentation ought to be watched by the singer.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • In the alimentation of armies scientific principles must not be disregarded.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
  • The chief inconvenience is the difficulty in alimentation consequent on the pain in mastication and in swallowing.

  • Lean meats, acid fruits, and the weak alkaline mineral waters should be the basis of a proper system of alimentation.

  • For this reason many new trees spring up in groups, obtaining their first alimentation from the dissolution of the corpse.

    My Friends the Savages Giovanni Battista Cerruti
  • In the beginning, the instincts of animals are confined to alimentation, self-protection, and the multiplication of their species.

  • As already stated, the pharynx is common to the functions of both respiration and alimentation.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • The cares of alimentation, of what one might call "suckling," are much more complicated than among the bees.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • By the way, I learned a few things in an experimental process about the great subject of alimentation.

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic William Taylor Marrs
British Dictionary definitions for alimentation


sustenance; support
Derived Forms
alimentative, adjective
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alimentation in Medicine

alimentation al·i·men·ta·tion (āl'ə-měn-tā'shən)

  1. The act or process of giving or receiving nourishment.

  2. Support; sustenance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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