Definition of Papin's digester in US English:

Papin's digester


  • A strong, sealable container in which bones or other matter can be broken down or dissolved by heating in water or other fluid at a temperature and pressure above those of the normal boiling point.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in James Keill (1673–1719), physician and anatomist. From the genitive of the name of Denis Papin, French-born British physicist and inventor + digester.