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

See: Hum, a top seller in Sephora’s growing nutrition section, which offers a digestive-focused formula, Flatter Me, and skin-and-hair supplements called Red Carpet. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 Some people don’t stick with the pills or endure digestive side effects, so the medicines also can be given by IV, usually once a year. Marilynn Marchione, The Seattle Times, "Study suggests more older women may benefit from bone drugs," 1 Oct. 2018 Cholestasis is a condition that occurs when there’s an issue with the flow of bile (a digestive fluid) in the body, and it can be tied to certain liver or pancreatic diseases or occur when there’s a problem with the bile duct. Ratika Gupta, SELF, "An Allergist Explains Why You Might Be Itchy All Over, Even Though You Don’t Have a Rash," 13 Sep. 2018 By 2014, alternative medicines, including digestive aids, probiotics and energy stimulants, were used by 3.1 of all the children, and by almost 5 percent of teenagers. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "A Third of Children Use Alternative Medicines," 18 June 2018 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

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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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