in·​ges·​tion | \ in-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce ingestion (audio) , -ˈjesh- \

Definition of ingestion

: the act or process of taking in something for or as if for digestion : the act or process of ingesting something A Cochrane review showed that ingestion of cranberry products may decrease the number of symptomatic urinary tract infections in women …— Giovanni Montini et al. Celiac disease is the immune-mediated response to ingestion of gluten from wheat, rye and barley that damages the small intestine.— Valerie Putnam After two years of almost manic ingestion of book after book—Montaigne, Milton, Seneca, Dante—he began to write Moby-Dick.— Andrew Delbanco

First Known Use of ingestion

1620, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2020

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“Ingestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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in·​ges·​tion | \ in-ˈjes(h)-chən How to pronounce ingestion (audio) \

Medical Definition of ingestion

: the taking of material (as food) into the digestive system

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