- 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.
Origin of ingest
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Ingestive causation is a sufficiently fit designation for all errors of diet, as well as misuse of medicines, and poisoning.
- to take (food or liquid) into the body
- (of a jet engine) to suck in (an object, a bird, etc)
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 ingestive
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