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concerned with the function of nutrition; nutritive.
pertaining to food.
providing sustenance or maintenance.
Historical Examples

The alimentary system, blood-vessel system, and reproductive system have been evolved gradually in the same way.
The World’s Greatest Books – Volume 15 – Science Various

Arsenic inflames the mucous membranes of the alimentary passages.
Alcohol and the Human Brain Joseph Cook

The state of the alimentary tract may properly receive notice after these remarks.
A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I Various

Oversaturated, the alimentary system refuses to work properly.
The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner

The greater portion of the alimentary cavity consists of the original segmentation cavity (vide diagrams).
The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1 Francis Maitland Balfour

Of course these ceremonies are not followed by an alimentary communion.
The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life Emile Durkheim

It is possible to judge that his alimentary tract differs widely from that of the Western European.
The Balkan Peninsula Frank Fox

An alimentary substance formed of the roasted seeds of the Theobroma Cacao, a tree belonging to the natural order Byttneriace.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

Dioscorides divided vegetables into aromatic, alimentary, medicinal, and vinous: a division of chemical character.
Illustrations of Universal Progress Herbert Spencer

An alimentary and medicinal substance prepared from the seeds of Paullinia sorbilis, a Brazilian tree.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

of or relating to nutrition
providing sustenance or nourishment
(Scots law) free from the claims of creditors: an alimentary trust

1610s, from Medieval Latin alimentarius “pertaining to food,” from Latin alimentum “nourishment,” from alere “to nourish, rear, support, maintain,” from PIE root *al- “to grow, nourish” (see old).

alimentary al·i·men·ta·ry (āl’ə-měn’tə-rē, -trē)

Concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion.

Providing nourishment.


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