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[in-jest] /ɪnˈdʒɛst/
verb (used with object)
to take, as food, into the body (opposed to egest).
Aeronautics. to draw (foreign matter) into the inlet of a jet engine, often causing damage to the engine.
1610-20; < Latin ingestus past participle of ingerere to throw or pour into. See in-2, gest
Related forms
ingestible, adjective
ingestion, noun
ingestive, adjective
reingest, verb (used with object)
uningested, adjective
uningestive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ingested
  • All parts of many species are poisonous if ingested.
  • All parts, especially fruits, are poisonous if ingested.
  • All parts of plant, especially bulbs, are poisonous if ingested.
  • People ingested it, in impure forms, from sugar cubes and blotting paper.
  • As mentioned before, a mixture of melamine and cyanuric acid can be a nasty witches' brew, especially when ingested by infants.
  • There are copious amounts of radioactivity emitted by coal power burning power plants and inhaled and ingested by us every day.
  • When ingested by insects, it causes paralyzation of the digestive system.
  • They are designed to ensure that nutritious substances are ingested and harmful substances rejected.
  • Tobacco cutworms that ingested the corn did not seem to be affected.
  • Some older antidepressants, for example, can cause cardiovascular problems if ingested in high enough doses.
British Dictionary definitions for ingested


verb (transitive)
to take (food or liquid) into the body
(of a jet engine) to suck in (an object, a bird, etc)
Derived Forms
ingestible, adjective
ingestion, noun
ingestive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ingerere to put into, from in-² + gerere to carry; see gest
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Word Origin and History for ingested



1610s, from Latin ingestus, past participle of ingerere "to throw in, pour in, heap upon," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + gerere "to carry" (see gest). Related: Ingested; ingesting.

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