as·sim·i·la·tion noun \ə-ˌsim-ə-ˈlā-shən\
a : an act, process, or instance of assimilating b : the state of being assimilated
: the incorporation or conversion of nutrients into protoplasm that in animals follows digestion and absorption and in higher plants involves both photosynthesis and root absorption
: the process of receiving new facts or of responding to new situations in conformity with what is already available to consciousness—compare apperception
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