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Incorporation of solid or fluid material that was originally in the rock wall into a magma.
The conversion of nutritive materials into protoplasm.


(especially in race relations) the process in which a minority group adopts the values and patterns of behaviour of a majority group or host culture, ultimately becoming absorbed by the majority group (compare ACCOMMODATION). The process can involve changes for both the majority and the minority groups. It may prove more difficult to accomplish where visible signs (e.g. clear-cut distinctions of‘colour’) form the basis of the original division (e.g. in the US ‘melting pot’, the assimilation of black minority groups).



in physiology, the living organism’s utilization of food for the expenditure of energy and for restorative body functions. Complex food substances are assimilated after being broken down into simple compounds by the digestive enzymes. The effective degree of assimilation is determined by the difference between the body’s alimentary intake of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and the end products resulting from their breakdown. The important factor in assimilation is not the absolute degree of digestibility but the rate at which food substances are digested, which may limit subsequent absorption.

The degree of assimilation depends on the nutritional regimen, food content, method of culinary preparation, and gastrointestinal tract functioning. The capacity to assimilate is lowered when the nutritional regimen is disrupted or when the stomach is overloaded with large quantities of food. Animal food products are assimilated more completely than vegetable products. The human body assimilates 92 to 96 percent of the proteins of animal origin, 46 to 70 percent of those from vegetables, 98 percent of the carbohydrates, and 95 percent of the fats ingested. The physiological value of food is largely determined by its assimilability, which must be taken into account in establishing nutritional norms. Unassimilable food substances, and especially cellulose, play an essential part in the movements of the intestine.


McDonald, P., R. Edwards, and D. Greenhalge. Pitanie zhivotnykh. Moscow, 1970. (Translated from English.)
Fiziologiia pishchevareniia. Leningrad, 1974. (Manual of physiology.)
Chernikov, M. P. Proteoliz i biologicheskaia tsennost’ belkov. Moscow, 1975.
Handbook of Physiology, vol. 1, sec. 6: Alimentary Canal. Washington, 1967.
Intestinal Absorption and Malabsorption. Basel-New York, 1968.


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Du Bois, "To be an assimilated American and to be an unassimilated Negro were both real and, more importantly, equally or near equally appealing choices" (xx).
Vitamins are not pep pills (they have no caloric value of their own), food substitutes (they cannot be assimilated without ingesting food), or structural components; nor do they contribute substantially to body mass.
Worse, as the first groups assimilated, they rejected those who came after them.
that they were assimilated in the accusative -- and not assimilated in the dative.
In his opinion, people who have assimilated completely are usually successful but they are not fully part of the minority ethnic groups.
The survey also shows that more culturally assimilated Korean women are more likely to be smokers.
According to the professional groups, the basic and allied engineering professions assimilated the largest number of expatriate workers till the end of June 2015.
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Yancey draws from the work of Milton Gordon and his theorizations of structural, marital, civic, and identificational assimilation to explore how readily minority groups can become assimilated into the dominant society, identify with majority group status, and adopt social attitudes that benefit dominant group members.
Of course, Barnett allows, being assimilated into the Global Core "does not mean bad things will never happen to you.
Instead, farm people assimilated these technologies into existing social patterns, which expanded to some extent" (p.
Certainly you can find parallels all over the world about communities having to be assimilated and people denying their ethnicity and their culture.