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 formsun·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



of or relating to nutrition
providing sustenance or nourishment
Scots law free from the claims of creditorsan alimentary trust
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Word Origin and History for alimentary

1610s, from Medieval Latin alimentarius "pertaining to food," from Latin alimentum "nourishment," from alere "to nourish, rear, support, maintain," from PIE root *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old).

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alimentary in Medicine


[ăl′ə-mĕntə-rē, -trē]


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