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di·gest

1. To soften by moisture and heat.
2. To hydrolyze or break up into simpler chemical compounds by means of hydrolyzing enzymes or chemical action, as in the action of the secretions of the alimentary tract upon food.
3. The materials resulting from digestion or hydrolysis.
[L. digero, pp. -gestus, to force apart, divide, dissolve]

digest

(dī-jĕst′, dĭ-)
v. di·gested, di·gesting, di·gests
v.tr.
1. To convert (food) into simpler chemical compounds that can be absorbed and assimilated by an organism, as by chemical and muscular action in the digestive tract.
2. Biochemistry To decompose (organic compounds), especially by the action of enzymes or bacteria.
3. Chemistry To soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.
v.intr.
1.
a. To become assimilated into the body.
b. To assimilate food substances.
2. Biochemistry To undergo decomposition, especially by the action of enzymes or bacteria.
3. Chemistry To undergo exposure to heat, liquids, or chemical agents.
n. (dī′jĕst′)
A product of biochemical digestion: purifying the peptides in a digest.

digest

[dijest′, dijest′, dī′jəst,]
Etymology: L, digerere, to break down
1 v, to soften by heat and moisture.
2 v, to break into smaller parts and simpler compounds by mastication, hydrolysis, and action of intestinal secretions and enzymes, especially in the way the body digests food for the absorption of nutrients required in metabolism. The small intestine digests food by enzymatic actions that produce absorbable amino acids, emulsified fat particles, and monosaccharides.
3 n, any material that results from digestion or hydrolysis.

di·gest

(di-jest', dījest)
1. To soften by moisture and heat.
2. To hydrolyze or break up into simpler chemical compounds by means of hydrolyzing enzymes or chemical action.
3. The materials resulting from digestion or hydrolysis.
[L. digero, pp. -gestus, to force apart, divide, dissolve]

Patient discussion about digest

Q. My aunt suffered from digestive disorder a few months back. My aunt suffered from digestive disorder a few months back. First we were told that this symptom reveal that she is suffering from fibromyalgia. Later another doctor diagnosed her and said that she is not affected by fibromyalgia. So we like to know actually what is fibromyalgia sometimes mistaken for?

A. I have received similar questions from many of my friends so you are not the first person to have such question, so don’t worry. Usually fibromyalgia is initially mistaken for several other conditions, including Lyme disease, lupus, depression and rheumatoid arthritis to name just a few illnesses. Other conditions for which fibromyalgia is occasionally mistaken include digestive disorders, sleep disorders and thyroid problems. Often, it is because the various symptoms of fibromyalgia are so similar to the symptoms of other disorders that many FMS patients do not receive a proper diagnosis for many years. And this is also why it is especially critical to be seen by either a rheumatologist or a pain specialist to ensure a proper diagnosis, and to rule out other conditions.

Q. It feels like I cannot breath properly, my chest feels heavy and Whenever i eats something it gets even more. If i don't eat much i get gases problem. I am regularly having constipation if i don't take proper medicine. Mostly i have been diagnosed as Digestive System problem, stomach problem, dryness in body and no Problem with my breathing system just cause of gases which causes my chest to remain heavy. I am worried because i never gets my real power in breathing and my digestive system is not getting well. Kindly suggest.

A. I take milk regularly have no problem with it nor with any specific food or i have never tried to look at this aspect. However i do feel stomach problem with foods heavy for stomach like burger or too much oily things..

Q. What is the connection between Acid Reflux and Autism? I heard about a digestive issue called Acid reflux. Some people say that this is related to Autism. What is the connection between Acid Reflux and Autism?

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References in classic literature ?
The last glass of wine we had I drank, and put sugar in it, because of its having some spirit to supply nourishment; but there being no substance in the stomach for the digesting office to work upon, I found the only effect of the wine was to raise disagreeable fumes from the stomach into the head; and I lay, as they told me, stupid and senseless, as one drunk, for some time.
I only know it turned out as uncomfortably for Tom Tulliver as if he had been plied with cheese in order to remedy a gastric weakness which prevented him from digesting it.
Besides digesting food, enzymes also digest blood clots and attack invading microorganisms.
The bacteria basically glue themselves to the fiber and begin digesting it," Weimer says.