(as-im-il-a’-shun) The process of transforming food into such a nutrient condition that it is taken up by the circulatory system, to form an integral part of the economy; synthetic or constructive metabo ism; anabolism. In biology, the formation of carbohydrate from water and carbon dioxid by the agency of chlorophyll. A., Mental, the mental reception of impressions and their assignment by the consciousness to their proper place. A., Primary, that concerned in the conversion of food into chyle and blood. A., Secondary, that relating to the formation of the organized tissues of the body.
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