"assimilate food in bowels," late 14c., from Latin digestus (see digest (n.)). Related: Digested; digesting.
digest di·gest (dī-jěst', dĭ-)
v. di·gest·ed, di·gest·ing, di·gests
To convert food into simpler chemical compounds that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body, as by chemical and muscular action in the alimentary canal.
To soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.