[ pree-di-jest, -dahy- ]
/ ˌpri dɪˈdʒɛst, -daɪ- /

verb (used with object)

to treat (food) by an artificial process analogous to digestion so that, when taken into the body, it is more easily digestible.
to make simpler or plainer, as for easier understanding.

Origin of predigest

First recorded in 1655–65; pre- + digest

Related forms

pre·di·ges·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for predigest


/ (ˌpriːdaɪˈdʒɛst, -dɪ-) /


(tr) to treat (food) artificially to aid subsequent digestion in the body

Derived Forms

predigestion, noun
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Medicine definitions for predigest


[ prē′dī-jĕst, -dĭ- ]


To subject food to partial digestion, usually through an enzymatic or chemical process, before being eaten.

Related forms

pre′di•gestion n.
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