[ al-uh-men-tuh-ree ]
/ ˌæl əˈmɛn tə ri /


concerned with the function of nutrition; nutritive.
pertaining to food.
providing sustenance or maintenance.

Origin of alimentary

From the Latin word alimentārius, dating back to 1605–15. See aliment, -ary

Related forms

un·al·i·men·ta·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alimentary


/ (ˌælɪˈmɛntərɪ, -trɪ) /


of or relating to nutrition
providing sustenance or nourishment
Scots law free from the claims of creditorsan alimentary trust
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Medicine definitions for alimentary


[ ăl′ə-mĕntə-rē, -trē ]


Concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion.
Providing nourishment.
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