alimentation

noun

al·​i·​men·​ta·​tion ˌa-lə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce alimentation (audio)
-ˌmen-
: the act or process of affording nutriment or nourishment
intravenous alimentation

Examples of alimentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Panicked buyers swept up fundamentals of alimentation and elimination: yeast, flour, bathroom tissue. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, "nourishment, sustenance," borrowed from Medieval Latin alimentātiōn-, alimentātiō, from Late Latin alimentāre "to nourish, maintain" + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at aliment entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alimentation was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Alimentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alimentation. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

alimentation

noun
al·​i·​men·​ta·​tion ˌal-ə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce alimentation (audio)
: the act or process of affording nutriment or nourishment
intravenous alimentation
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