di·​gest·​ibil·​i·​ty | \ dī-ˌje-stə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce digestibility (audio) , də- \
plural digestibilities

Definition of digestibility

1 : the fitness of something for digestion
2 : the percentage of a foodstuff taken into the digestive tract that is absorbed into the body

Examples of digestibility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the pie’s most important virtue is digeribilità (digestibility), a charming term for pizzas that are easy to eat, and that your body welcomes with seeming effortlessness. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inside Naples’ World-Famous Pizza Culture," 20 Feb. 2021 The centerpiece of every feedlot is a mill, where the corn or other grains are steamed and rolled into flakes to improve digestibility. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 The typical range for protein digestibility of commercial diets is quite wide. Brian Lynn, Field & Stream, "Consistency & Performance: Feeding the Canine Athlete," 21 Sep. 2020 Forbidden black rice, so-called because it was once reserved for Chinese emperors to ensure their health and longevity, needs to be soaked overnight to improve digestibility and speed cooking times, but the extra step pays off. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Veggies galore: The joy of meatless meals," 23 June 2020 For example, because the digestibility of protein is decreased on a vegan diet, plant protein needs are slightly higher for vegans than for those eating animal foods, Kimberlain explained. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Thinking of going vegan? What you need to know first," 6 Feb. 2020 The almond studies are among several Baer has coauthored on the digestibility of nuts. Candice Choi, BostonGlobe.com, "Changing counts show calorie measures to be inexact science," 4 Feb. 2020 Sprouting is a process that improves the digestibility of seeds, and makes their nutrients more readily available. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "10 Health Benefits of Flaxseed, According to a Nutritionist," 22 Oct. 2019 Among themselves, these new-school pizza makers speak of hydration levels, fermentation periods and digestibility. New York Times, "Chasing the Perfect Slice, Bread and Salt in Jersey City Looks to Rome," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of digestibility

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2021

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“Digestibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digestibility. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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di·​gest·​ibil·​i·​ty | \ -ˌjes-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce digestibility (audio) \
plural digestibilities

Medical Definition of digestibility

1 : the fitness of something for digestion
2 : the percentage of a foodstuff taken into the digestive tract that is absorbed into the body

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