(1) The process of taking a material (e.g. foodstuff) into the mouth or body.

(2) The process or act of engulfing particles by cells (e.g. phagocytic cell).


Ingestion is the mode of transmission in certain diseases, especially parasitic diseases.

Word origin: Latin ingestus ptp. of ingerere to throw or pour into.

Related form: ingest (verb)

Compare: egestion

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