digest

[ verb dih-jest, dahy-; noun dahy-jest ]
/ verb dɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-; noun ˈdaɪ dʒɛst /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to digest food.
to undergo digestion, as food.

noun

Origin of digest

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English digesten < Latin dīgestus separated, dissolved (past participle of dīgerere), equivalent to dī- di-2 + ges- carry, bear (base of gerere) + -tus past participle suffix; (noun) Middle English: collection of laws < Late Latin dīgesta (plural), Latin: collection of writings, neuter plural of dīgestus, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for digest (1 of 2)

digest


verb (dɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-)

noun (ˈdaɪdʒɛst)

Word Origin for digest

C14: from Late Latin dīgesta writings grouped under various heads, from Latin dīgerere to divide, from di- apart + gerere to bear

British Dictionary definitions for digest (2 of 2)

Digest

/ (ˈdaɪdʒɛst) /

noun

Roman law an arrangement of excerpts from the writings and opinions of eminent lawyers, contained in 50 books compiled by order of Justinian in the sixth century ad
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Medicine definitions for digest

digest

[ dī-jĕst, dĭ- ]

v.

To convert food into simpler chemical compounds that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body, as by chemical and muscular action in the alimentary canal.
To soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.
Related formsdi•gest′i•bili•ty n.di•gesti•ble adj.
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