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

Potatoes also take a long time to break down due to a type of starch that resists digestive enzymes. Danielle Braff, Woman's Day, "8 Ways to Stay Full Longer," 9 Nov. 2010 In addition, neon green is providing a color that gets energy moving—in physical, digestive, and mental realms. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Been Wearing a Lot of Neon Green—Here’s What It Means," 2 Jan. 2019 This is but a small sampling of all the healthy-eating deeds that haven’t gone unpunished in my years of counseling patients with digestive disorders. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 People who exercise tend to have improved immune and digestive functioning, better blood pressure and bone density, and a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "National Senior Health & Fitness Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 30 May 2018 Ghee has played a key role in Ayurveda for centuries, where it's prized for its anti-inflammatory, digestive, and therapeutic properties. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Ghee, the Clarified Butter We Could Eat by the Spoon?," 5 Apr. 2018 Miracles from Heaven, in theaters March 18, follows the real-life story of a Texas girl, Annabel Beam, who was miraculously cured of a chronic digestive disorder after suffering a near-fatal fall. Christine Coppa, Woman's Day, "Jennifer Garner Reveals Why She Now Takes Her Kids to Church Every Sunday," 29 Feb. 2016 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

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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

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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