[ 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

su·per·al·i·men·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alimentation


/ (ˌælɪmɛnˈteɪʃən) /


sustenance; support

Derived Forms

alimentative, adjective
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Medicine definitions for alimentation


[ ăl′ə-mĕn-tāshən ]


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