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Pronunciation: di-jest', di-


  1. To soften by moisture and heat.
  2. To hydrolyze or break up into simpler chemical compounds by means of hydrolyzing enzymes or chemical action, as in the action of the secretions of the alimentary tract upon food.
  3. The materials resulting from digestion or hydrolysis.

[L. digero, pp. -gestus, to force apart, divide, dissolve]

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