[ in-jest ]
/ ɪnˈdʒɛst /

verb (used with object)

to take, as food, into the body (opposed to egest).
Aeronautics. to draw (foreign matter) into the inlet of a jet engine, often causing damage to the engine.

Nearby words

  1. ingenuity,
  2. ingenuous,
  3. ingerland,
  4. ingersoll,
  5. ingersoll, robert green,
  6. ingesta,
  7. ingestant,
  8. ingestion,
  9. ingle,
  10. ingleborough

Origin of ingest

1610–20; < Latin ingestus past participle of ingerere to throw or pour into. See in-2, gest

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British Dictionary definitions for ingestion


/ (ɪnˈdʒɛst) /

verb (tr)

to take (food or liquid) into the body
(of a jet engine) to suck in (an object, a bird, etc)
Derived Formsingestible, adjectiveingestion, nouningestive, adjective

Word Origin for ingest

C17: from Latin ingerere to put into, from in- ² + gerere to carry; see gest

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Word Origin and History for ingestion
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Medicine definitions for ingestion


[ ĭn-jĕschən ]


The act of taking food and drink into the body by the mouth.
The taking in of particles by a phagocytic cell.
Related formsin•gest (-jĕst)•gestive (-jĕstĭv) adj.

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