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ingest

[in-jest]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to take, as food, into the body (opposed to egest).
  2. Aeronautics. to draw (foreign matter) into the inlet of a jet engine, often causing damage to the engine.
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Origin of ingest

1610–20; < Latin ingestus past participle of ingerere to throw or pour into. See in-2, gest
Related formsin·gest·i·ble, adjectivein·ges·tion, nounin·ges·tive, adjectivere·in·gest, verb (used with object)un·in·gest·ed, adjectiveun·in·ges·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ingestion

ingest

verb (tr)
  1. to take (food or liquid) into the body
  2. (of a jet engine) to suck in (an object, a bird, etc)
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Derived Formsingestible, adjectiveingestion, nouningestive, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ingerere to put into, from in- ² + gerere to carry; see gest
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Word Origin and History for ingestion

n.

1610s, from Latin ingestionem (nominative ingestio) "a pouring in," noun of action from past participle stem of ingerere (see ingest).

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ingest

v.

1610s, from Latin ingestus, past participle of ingerere "to throw in, pour in, heap upon," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + gerere "to carry" (see gest). Related: Ingested; ingesting.

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ingestion in Medicine

ingestion

(ĭn-jĕschən)
n.
  1. The act of taking food and drink into the body by the mouth.
  2. The taking in of particles by a phagocytic cell.
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Related formsin•gest (-jĕst) v.in•gestive (-jĕstĭv) adj.
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