digestive

noun
di·​ges·​tive | \ dī-ˈje-stiv How to pronounce digestive (audio) , də- \

Definition of digestive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an aid to digestion especially of food

digestive

adjective

Definition of digestive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from digestive

Adjective

digestively adverb

Examples of digestive in a Sentence

Adjective the digestive system of the body
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many traditional digestives can be cloying and overpoweringly bitter, rendering them largely inaccessible to more sensitive palates. John Debary, Bloomberg.com, "These Are Some of Our Favorite Spirits From 2017," 22 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Turedjam Kayapo had lost interest in their traditional diet and begun to eat more processed food, and some were suffering from digestive problems. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 The increase of plaque throughout your body puts you at increased risk for strokes, digestive problems and poor circulation that leads to numbness and pain in your extremities, as well as heart disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mixing less than 6 hours of sleep with chronic disease is deadly combo," 2 Oct. 2019 The health consequences of a commute can range from back pain, to high levels of anxiety and mood disorders, to high blood pressure, digestive problems and fatigue. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Brutal commute? Don’t let it wreck your health," 26 Sep. 2019 One study found that alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 deactivates pepsin, a digestive enzyme found in the stomach. Christy Brissette, chicagotribune.com, "There’s no solid evidence alkaline water is better for you," 29 Aug. 2019 Human breast milk contains the ideal amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and hormones. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient sippy cup may hold clues about agriculture’s spread in Europe," 2 Oct. 2019 One study found that alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 deactivates pepsin, a digestive enzyme found in the stomach. Christy Brissette, chicagotribune.com, "There’s no solid evidence alkaline water is better for you," 29 Aug. 2019 One study found that alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 deactivates pepsin, a digestive enzyme found in the stomach. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "Is alkaline water really better for you?," 28 Aug. 2019 The first secretes digestive enzymes that chemically break down the food. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare fossil in a fossil reveals a dinosaur's surprising last meal," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of digestive

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of digestive was in the 14th century

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“Digestive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digestive. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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digestive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of digestive

: of or relating to digestion
: having the power to cause or help digestion

digestive

adjective
di·​ges·​tive | \ dī-ˈje-stiv How to pronounce digestive (audio) , də- \

Kids Definition of digestive

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

digestive

noun
di·​ges·​tive | \ -ˈjes-tiv How to pronounce digestive (audio) \

Medical Definition of digestive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

digestive

adjective

Medical Definition of digestive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from digestive

digestively adverb
digestiveness noun

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