digestive

1 of 2

noun

di·​ges·​tive dī-ˈje-stiv How to pronounce digestive (audio)
də-
: an aid to digestion especially of food

digestive

2 of 2

adjective

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
digestively adverb

Examples of digestive in a Sentence

Adjective the digestive system of the body
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This means that the treats contain only essential components, minimizing potential allergens that could trigger digestive upset in sensitive dogs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023 The natural recipe is loaded with glucosamine, chondroitin, biotin, amino acids, vitamin A, and probiotics for optimal digestive and gut health. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022
Adjective
Some, but not all, greens powders have added probiotics or digestive enzymes that may improve digestive health. Isabel Vasquez Rd Ldn, Verywell Health, 9 July 2024 Side effects of the supplement include appetite loss, breast pain, digestive symptoms, headaches, insomnia, and menstrual problems. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for digestive 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of digestive was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Digestive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digestive. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

digestive

adjective
di·​ges·​tive
dī-ˈjes-tiv,
də-
1
: of or relating to digestion
digestive processes
2
: having the power to cause or help digestion
digestive enzymes

Medical Definition

digestive

1 of 2 noun
di·​ges·​tive -ˈjes-tiv How to pronounce digestive (audio)
1
: something that aids digestion especially of food compare digestant
2
: a substance which promotes suppuration

digestive

2 of 2 adjective
1
: relating to or functioning in digestion
digestive processes
2
: having the power to cause or promote digestion
digestive enzymes
digestively adverb
digestiveness noun

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