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Pronunciation: di-jes'chun, di-


  1. The process of making a digest.
  2. The mechanical, chemical, and enzymatic process whereby ingested food is converted into material suitable for assimilation for synthesis of tissues or liberation of energy.

[L. digestio. See digest]

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