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digestive

noun di·ges·tive \ -ˈjes-tiv \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of digestive

: an aid to digestion especially of food

First Known Use of digestive

14th century


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digestive

adjective

Definition of digestive

1 : relating to or functioning in digestion
  • the digestive system
  • digestive disorders
  • digestive organs
2 : having the power to cause or promote digestion
  • digestive enzymes

digestively

adverb

Examples of digestive in a Sentence

  1. the digestive system of the body

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First Known Use of digestive

15th century


DIGESTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

digestive

adjective

Definition of digestive for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to digestion

  • : having the power to cause or help digestion


DIGESTIVE Defined for Kids

digestive

adjective di·ges·tive \ dī-ˈje-stiv , də- \

Definition of digestive for Students

: relating to or functioning in the body's process of changing food into simpler forms that can be taken up and used
  • digestive processes

Medical Dictionary

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digestive

noun di·ges·tive \ -ˈjes-tiv \

medical Definition of digestive

1 : something that aids digestion especially of food — compare digestant
2 : a substance which promotes suppuration

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digestive

adjective

medical Definition of digestive

1 : relating to or functioning in digestion
  • digestive processes
2 : having the power to cause or promote digestion
  • digestive enzymes

digestively

adverb

digestiveness

noun


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