1. An edible substance that is used in making a dish or other food.
2. An element or component of something: the ingredients in shampoo; the ingredients that made the scandal. See Synonyms at element.
[Middle English, from Latin ingrediēns, ingredient-, present participle of ingredī, to enter; see INGRESS.]
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