oxford views updated May 29 2018
in·gest / inˈjest/ •
v. [tr.] take (food, drink, or another substance) into the body by swallowing or absorbing it. ∎ fig. absorb (information): he spent his days ingesting the contents of the library.DERIVATIVES: in·ges·tion / -ˈjeschən/ n.in·ges·tive / -ˈjestiv/ adj.
oxford views updated May 17 2018
A method of heterotrophic nutrition
in which bulk food is taken into an organism and subsequently digested (see digestion
). Ingestion is the principal mechanism of animal nutrition. See also macrophagous
oxford views updated May 21 2018
ingestion (in-jes-chŏn) n.
the process by which food is taken into the alimentary canal
. It involves chewing and swallowing.