• IPA: /daɪˈdʒɛstʃən/, /dɨˈdʒɛstʃən/


  1. The process, in the gastrointestinal tract, by which food is converted into substances that can be utilized by the body.
  2. The result of this process.
  3. The ability to use this process.
  4. The processing of decay in organic matter assisted by microorganisms.
  5. The assimilation and understanding of ideas.
  6. (medicine, archaic) Generation of pus; suppuration.
  7. (chemistry) Dissolution of a sample into a solution by means of adding acid and heat.
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