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Even though Data does not need food or drink, many times it has been shown that he does consume foods and drinks. What happens to the food after digestion? Given that he was created as a "fully functional android", should we assume that he gets rid of waste in the human way?

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Do we ever see Data eat anything. Occasionally we've see him sample a beverage, but usually he drinks his bio-lubricants. –  Xantec Jan 8 '13 at 18:30
    
@Xantec I've been watching the series and I have a distinct memory of seeing him eat; I don't recall the precise episode, but it would be around the middle of season 2. –  Kevin Jan 8 '13 at 18:55
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"Data. Sometimes a cake, is just a cake." - However, he's not shown onscreen to actually devour any. This was Season 7, though, so it's not what @Kevin is thinking of. –  Izkata Jan 8 '13 at 23:58
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I always assumed that since the food he digests is replicated it would simply recycle itself, he might even have had a mechanism for it (I recall him saying somewhere that he does have a "stomach").

I'm not sure if I got the idea from reading/hearing about it somewhere though :)

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Well, he must have some sort of receptacle attached to his mouth as he does imbibe various maintenance fluids. –  Xantec Jan 9 '13 at 16:09
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He is 'fully functional' and 'designed to be as human like as possible' so I think it's easy to draw the conclusion that he goes to the toilet just like the rest of us...

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Maybe, but he doesn't need to sleep, which is a big missed check in the "as human as possible" column. So not needing to relieve itself wouldn't be a big deal to over look. –  Xantec Jan 9 '13 at 16:07
    
Well if he doesn't go to the toilet it's got to come out somewhere.... –  user11154 Jan 9 '13 at 16:34
    
He could atomize any waste and breathe it out. –  Xantec Jan 9 '13 at 16:35
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I seem to recall Data's brain being discribed as "positronic", a possible reference to Asimov's Robot stores.

Based on that, in "Caves of Steel", Daneel Olivaw shares a meal with Elijah Baley. He later opens a section of his chest/abdomen, and removes a plastic bag which he then empties into the recycling chute.

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