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[al-uh-men-tey-shuh n]
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  1. nourishment; nutrition.
  2. maintenance; support.
  3. addition to the volume of a glacial mass, chiefly by the accumulation of ice, snow, or névé.Compare ablation(def 2).
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Origin of alimentation

First recorded in 1580–90, alimentation is from the Medieval Latin word alimentātiōn- (stem of alimentātiō). See aliment, -ation
Related formssu·per·al·i·men·ta·tion, noun
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Related Words for alimentation

nutrition, food, subsistence, support, nutriment, sustenance, maintenance, livelihood, bread

Examples from the Web for alimentation

Historical Examples of alimentation

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for alimentation


  1. nourishment
  2. sustenance; support
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Derived Formsalimentative, adjective
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alimentation in Medicine


  1. The act or process of giving or receiving nourishment.
  2. Support; sustenance.
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