One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The provision of nourishment or other necessities of life.
nurture, feeding, life supportView synonyms
- ‘The findings of a number of studies indicate that aggressive alimentation in patients with a wasting syndrome related to cancer may actually increase their discomfort.’
- ‘Stroke and Parkinson's disease are the leading causes, frequently requiring enteral alimentation through nasogastric or gastrostomy tubes.’
- ‘In general, enteral feeding is indicated in any patient who is unable to achieve adequate alimentation and hydration by mouth.’
- ‘This is doubtless the change in meaningful alimentation that the newly formed Association of Business Development Trainers chairman is crying for.’
- ‘Unable to turn speech into audition, excretion into alimentation, he cannot sustain the illusion of dialogue and interaction.’
- ‘As oral alimentation was resumed, PEG feedings were discontinued, and within five days the prealbumin level declined.’
- ‘He was managed conservatively with dietary restriction, parenteral fluids and alimentation, and prokinetic agents, and his paralytic ileus resolved.’
- ‘Of the three adults who received amphotericin B in addition to stopping the lipid alimentation, one had persistent fungemia and died of a cardiac arrest.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘maintenance, support’): from medieval Latin alimentatio(n-), from late Latin alimentare ‘to feed’, from alimentum ‘nourishment’ (see aliment).
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