secondary digestion

sec·on·dar·y di·ges·tion

the change in the chyle effected by the action of the cells of the body, whereby the final products of digestion are assimilated in the process of metabolism.

sec·on·dar·y di·ges·tion

(sek'ŏn-dar-ē di-jes'chŭn)
The change in the chyle effected by the action of the cells of the body, whereby the final products of digestion are assimilated in the process of metabolism.
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A vicious cycle is set up where the fat rabbit cannot reach his bottom to swallow the first soft pellet he passes, which is supposed to be re-ingested so that secondary digestion can take place.