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

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 As a substitute, I was offered coarse digestives and tea in a thin plastic cup that was too hot to hold. The Economist, 28 Jan. 2020 Many traditional digestives can be cloying and overpoweringly bitter, rendering them largely inaccessible to more sensitive palates. John Debary, Bloomberg.com, 22 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sodas, which range from about 35-50 calories each, are made with a mix of ingredients like Jerusalem artichoke and Cassava root that the company says support digestive health. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 Cows and other ruminants release methane as a byproduct of their digestive process. Aryn Baker, Time, 2 Dec. 2021 Food-wise, expect plant-forward meals with an emphasis on local, organic ingredients all meant to fight inflammation, reduce blood pressure, and bolster digestive health. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 29 Nov. 2021 Called probiotics, these bacteria play important roles in our digestive health, immune function, and mood. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 19 Nov. 2021 During the digestive process, enzymes chemically change your bile from its usual yellow-green to brown, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, 4 Nov. 2021 When you are stressed, your body inhibits the signals that travel through the vagus nerve and slows down the digestive process. The Conversation, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2021 When you are stressed, your body inhibits the signals that travel through the vagus nerve and slows down the digestive process. Lina Begdache, The Conversation, 2 Apr. 2021 In the fecal matter, the team found sheep DNA and distinctive biomarkers produced by the animals’ digestive systems. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2021

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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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“Digestive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digestive. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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