Medical Term:

rumination

Pronunciation: rū′mi-nā′shŭn

Definition:

  1. The physiologic process in ruminant animals in which coarse, hastily eaten food is regurgitated from the rumen, thoroughly rechewed, reduced to finer particles, mixed with saliva, and reswallowed.
  2. A disorder of infancy characterized by repeated regurgitation of food, with weight loss or failure to thrive, developing after a period of normal functioning.
  3. Periodic reconsideration of the same subject.

[L. ruminatio, fr. rumino, to chew the cud, think over, fr. rumen, throat]

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