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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.
Origin of ingest
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 ingestion
  • It's no coincidence that these are all images of ingestion, of a feast that has gone far past the point of pleasure.
  • The rear of the fuselage is also sculpted to sweep air into the engines using a process known as boundary-layer ingestion.
  • Another worry is accidental ingestion, resulting in nicotine poisoning.
  • Oil is thought to affect marine animals through inhalation or direct and indirect ingestion-for example, by eating tainted fish.
  • So this might also link to that ingestion of sediment and ash particles discussed above.
  • Watercolor ingestion occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally eats or swallows watercolor paints.
  • ingestion of food makes the blood glucose level rise.
  • ingestion of this toxin causes a descending paralysis that starts in the face.
British Dictionary definitions for ingestion


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 ingestion

1610s, from Latin ingestionem (nominative ingestio) "a pouring in," noun of action from past participle stem of ingerere (see ingest).



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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ingestion in Medicine

ingestion in·ges·tion (ĭn-jěs'chən)

  1. The act of taking food and drink into the body by the mouth.

  2. The taking in of particles by a phagocytic cell.

in·gest' (-jěst') v.
in·ges'tive (-jěs'tĭv) adj.
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