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alimentary

[al-uh-men-tuh-ree] /ˌæl əˈmɛn tə ri/
adjective
1.
concerned with the function of nutrition; nutritive.
2.
pertaining to food.
3.
providing sustenance or maintenance.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin alimentārius. See aliment, -ary
Related forms
unalimentary, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alimentary

alimentary

/ˌælɪˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to nutrition
2.
providing sustenance or nourishment
3.
(Scots law) free from the claims of creditors an alimentary trust
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Word Origin and History for alimentary
adj.

1610s, from Medieval Latin alimentarius "pertaining to food," from Latin alimentum "nourishment," from alere "to nourish, rear, support, maintain," from PIE root *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old).

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alimentary in Medicine

alimentary al·i·men·ta·ry (āl'ə-měn'tə-rē, -trē)
adj.

  1. Concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion.

  2. Providing nourishment.

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