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DIGESTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does digestion mean? 

DIGESTION (noun)
  The noun DIGESTION has 3 senses:

1. the process of decomposing organic matter (as in sewage) by bacteria or by chemical action or heat
2. the organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body
3. learning and coming to understand ideas and information

  Familiarity information: DIGESTION used as a noun is uncommon.


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DIGESTION (noun)


Sense 1digestion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of decomposing organic matter (as in sewage) by bacteria or by chemical action or heat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("digestion" is a kind of...):

chemical action; chemical change; chemical process ((chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved)


Sense 2digestion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("digestion" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "digestion"):

gastric digestion (the process of breaking down proteins by the action of the gastric juice in the stomach)


Sense 3digestion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Learning and coming to understand ideas and information

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

his appetite for facts was better than his digestion

Hypernyms ("digestion" is a kind of...):

acquisition; learning (the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge)


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