alimento-, aliment-

(Latin: food, nourishment)

1. Concerning food, nourishment, and the organs of digestion.
2. Providing food or nourishment.

The Alimentary Canal

The digestion and absorption of food take place in a muscular tube that runs for over thirty feet (about nine meters) from the mouth to the anus. This is the digestive tract, sometimes referred to as the alimentary canal because we take our aliment (food) through it. It takes about fifteen hours for food to complete the trip through the alimentary canal.

—From "Stomach, Liver, and Pancreas" by Neil McAleer in The Body Almanac;
Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York; 1985; page 185.
alimentology (s) (noun), alimentologies (pl)
The science or study of nutrition.
Treatment with systematic feeding; dietetic treatment.
1. A court-ordered support paid by one spouse to the other after they are separated.
2. Money paid regularly by one marriage partner to the other as ordered by a court after a legal separation or divorce, or during proceedings for divorce or separation.
3. A means of livelihood; maintenance.

Alimony can be called literally, a "meal ticket" when we consider the original source of the word. It is borrowed from Latin alimonia, "nourishment, sustenance", from alere, "to nourish".

The primitive English meaning was "maintenance" or "the means of livelihood", a meaning which is now overshadowed by the use of the word in connection with separated couples.

—From Picturesque Word Origins; published by G & C. Merriam Company;
Springfield, Massachusetts; 1933; page 14.
alimony (lexicomedy)
The bounty of mutiny or the bounty after the mutiny.
1. Intravenous feeding that provides patients with all essential nutrients when they are unable to feed themselves.
2. A program of parenteral administration of all nutrients for patients with gastrointestinal dysfunction; called also total parenteral alimentation (TPA) and total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

Although the term hyperalimentation is commonly used to designate total or supplemental nutrition by intravenous feedings, it is not technically correct inasmuch as the procedure does not involve an "abnormally increased or excessive amount of feeding".

3. The ingestion, or eating, of excessive quantities of food, etc.; such as, bulimia and binge eating (uncontrolled ingestion of large quantities of food in a given amount of time, often with a sense of lack of control over the activity.

It is sometimes followed by forcing oneself to vomit, or purging through use of laxatives.

The act of overfeeding, or making one take food in excess of the natural appetite for it.
A process contributing to the postgastrectomy syndrome in which food rapidly enters the small intestine via a gastroenterostomy.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "food, nutrition, nourishment": broma-; carno-; cibo-; esculent-; sitio-; tropho-; Eating Crawling Snacks; Eating: Carnivorous-Plant "Pets"; Eating: Folivory or Leaf Eaters; Eating: Omnivorous.