Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The partial hydrolysis etc. of food, by enzymes or other materials, prior to normal digestion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Digestion too soon performed; hasty digestion.
  • n. Artificial digestion of food for use in illness or impaired digestion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Premature or overhasty digestion.
  • n. Previous digestion; artificial digestion, as of food by peptonization; digestion before eating.

Etymologies

From pre- +‎ digestion (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is like that, which the physicians call predigestion, or hasty digestion; which is sure to fill the body full of crudities, and secret seeds of diseases.

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  • It is like that which the physicians call predigestion, or hasty digestion; which is sure to fill the body full of crudities and secret seeds of diseases.

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  • Corn silage has a positive effect due to the natural composition of corn, as well as its low buffer capacity, and the partial 'predigestion' during ensilage.

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  • It's the first sign of rampant Americanization: the underlining of every theme and emotion, the explanation of every plot point, the thorough predigestion before the gruel is spooned into our mouths.

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  • As in the case of the anthropoid ape, the human digestive system is twelve times the length of the body; our skin has millions of tiny pores to evaporate water and cool the body by sweating; we drink water by suction like all other vegetarian animals; our tooth and jaw structure is vegetarian; and our saliva is alkaline and contains ptyalin for predigestion of grains.

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  • Fermentation makes many foods more nutritious and digestible (fermentation is a form of predigestion)

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