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 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 Our objective is to preserve the characteristics of Bordeaux — freshness, elegance, balance, digestibility and aromatic complexity. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Climate change is reshaping wine as we know it," 7 June 2019 Yet the smell does not seem to bother Harry Wichers, a biochemist who spends hours in the SHIME lab, studying the digestibility of various proteins. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 Today most nutritionists, obesity experts, and physicians argue that the easy digestibility the Kelloggs worked so hard to achieve is not such a good thing. Howard Markel, Smithsonian, "The Secret Ingredient in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Is Seventh-Day Adventism," 28 July 2017 Indeed, digestibility is in a way part of Le Puy’s charter. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Bordeaux Estate Makes Fine Wines Naturally," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of digestibility

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Digestibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digestibility. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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