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 As a substitute, I was offered coarse digestives and tea in a thin plastic cup that was too hot to hold. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 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 While there is no upward limit set for fiber intake, too much can cause digestive issues like stomach discomfort, bloating, and gas, as SELF has previously reported, and especially when not consumed with enough water. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is the F-Factor Diet? Here’s What You Need to Know," 4 Jan. 2021 Sodium also increases fluid retention, which can cause things such as bloating and swelling, and may make any digestive issues, such as gas, stomach pain, and diarrhoea, even worse. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Can Pickle Juice Really Cure A Hangover?," 1 Jan. 2021 Foods in the Limited Ingredient diet line are designed for dogs with allergies and digestive issues, while the Lil’ Plates line is formulated for small breed dogs. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best Merrick dog food," 23 Dec. 2020 Take it back to classics with these crunchy digestive cookies made from wheat germ and topped with a rich chocolate frosting. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "30 Holiday Desserts to Win Your Virtual Bake-Off," 25 Dec. 2020 Or it may be accompanied by its other digestive-healthy friend: lemon. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Flavors You’ll Start Seeing Everywhere in 2021, According to Experts," 17 Dec. 2020 These beneficial bacteria aid in digestive regularity and can also ward off the bad bacteria that cause UTIs. Paloma Quevedo, Bon Appétit, "Homemade Kefir Is Tangy, Creamy, And Absolutely Worth It," 9 Dec. 2020 Austin was experiencing headaches, cough, congestion and stomach and digestive issues. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, "Jasper, Newton counties seeing spike in COVID-19 cases," 11 Dec. 2020 Definitively linking Sophie’s digestive problems with how her medication was delivered would be nearly impossible, multiple pharmacological experts said. NBC news, "Millions of Americans receive drugs by mail. But are they safe?," 9 Dec. 2020

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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