digestive

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

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

Another 21 percent were due to digestive disorders, and 19 percent due to cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Fox News, "Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year, most of them men: WHO," 21 Sep. 2018 New spins on the savory bite have been popping up in health-food outposts from Los Angeles to New York to Paris, promising all of the fun without any of the digestive stress. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Perfect Super Bowl Snack Exists—Now Here’s How To Eat It," 3 Feb. 2019 Essentially, the digestive process breaks most types of carbohydrates down into glucose, the most efficient form of energy, and our tissues then use glucose to power themselves on a daily basis. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018 Exposure can cause an array of health problems, including cancers, cataracts and digestive ailments. New York Times, "Decades Later and Far Away, Chernobyl Disaster Still Contaminates Milk," 8 June 2018 The plant is also used in Chinese medicine for treating allergies, colds, fevers and as a digestive aid. Brew a kudzu tea by chopping up a cup of leaves and boiling them for about 30 minutes to treat what ails you. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Backyard Weeds You Can Actually Eat," 3 Apr. 2017 Oats have been shown to help boost digestive health, manage blood sugar levels, and support a healthy weight. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer," 15 Aug. 2018 Its vegan, gluten-free probiotic formula has one billion lactobacillus acidophilus and four billion bifidobacterium lactis per dose, popular strains thought to help promote digestive and immune health. Kristi Kellogg, Allure, "What You Should Know Before Taking Probiotic Supplements," 9 Apr. 2018 Between gas, constipation and acid reflux, digestive issues are among the most unpleasant ailments—and the touchiest topics to broach. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, "End Digestive Problems for Good," 21 May 2012

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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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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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