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Alimentation \Al`i*men*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. alimentation, LL. alimentatio.]

  1. The act or process of affording nutriment; the function of the alimentary canal.

  2. State or mode of being nourished.


n. feeding, being fed; the provision of food and other necessities.

  1. n. a source of materials to nourish the body [syn: nutriment, nourishment, nutrition, sustenance, aliment, victuals]

  2. the act of supplying food and nourishment [syn: feeding]

Usage examples of "alimentation".

Such perversions of the appetite are manifested only when there is either a diminution in the volume of blood, deficient alimentation, defective assimilation, or a general depravity of the nutritive functions.

That ordinary alimentation, which includes the process of digestion, the subsequent vital changes involved in the conversion of food into blood, and its final transformation into tissue, causes mental languor and dullness, as well as bodily exhaustion, is attested by universal experience.

The downside of ultrasimple alimentation is a mile-wide toxicity-spectrum.

Le pain et le lait constituent une alimentation beaucoup plus profitable que le pain seul.

In truth, they consider the animal fortunate to be eaten by a monk, for the alimentation of Buddhism is said to confer special blessings on the heavenly journey of that animal.