digestive

noun
di·ges·tive | \-ˈjes-tiv \

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

Assassin Bugs Assassin bugs, which live all over the world, inject their insect prey with paralyzing agents and digestive enzymes, making themselves a nice bug smoothie. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018 Further analysis demonstrated that the tumor had interfered with the pancreas’ ability to secrete digestive enzymes. Justin Chen, STAT, "Muscle and fat loss may offer clues to pancreatic cancer’s deadly ways," 20 June 2018 According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with a digestive disease during their lifetime. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Digestive Health Foundation honors 'power couple' at record-breaking gala," 20 June 2018 Sensors placed inside the body will even tell us the pH inside one of their stomachs, which could be a key indicator of any digestive problems. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 This is the largest nerve of the autonomic nervous system - extending from the brain to the colon - and plays a key role in heart, lung and digestive function. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Nathan, who has a digestive problem, receives first-rate medical care here. New York Times, "For Puerto Rican Evacuees, a Journey Without End," 1 July 2018 That signals colic, a digestive problem that can result in death, especially in older ponies. Lisa Scottoline, Philly.com, "Learning lessons, and letting my pony go | Lisa Scottoline," 14 June 2018 Brunch - One of three local series run by local cineaste Joshua Martin, this monthly course in digestive stress combines the mimosas and pleasant conversation of late breakfast with the artistically relevant movie versions of nails on a chalkboard. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wanna catch a flick?," 19 June 2018

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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

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, 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 \

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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