digestive system

noun

: the bodily system concerned with the ingestion, digestion, and absorption of food and the discharge of residual wastes and consisting of the digestive tract and accessory glands (such as the salivary glands and the pancreas) that secrete digestive enzymes

Examples of digestive system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Mayo Clinic, an upper endoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your upper digestive system using a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Notice the activation and aliveness of your digestive system, and the way that impacts your mood and presence. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Both of these can irritate your digestive system and make your symptoms worse. Nick Mourtoupalas, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Secondly, the way Orlistat works is to block the absorption of fat by your digestive system. Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2024 Asche adds not to drink anything that will upset your digestive system, lacks protein, or is too high saturated in fat. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 Take longer to work: The digestive system does not break down tablets as quickly as capsules. Health Editorial Team, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 Beyond your digestive system, experts say your gut microbiome also interacts with your brain and nervous system, your immune system and your endocrine system. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The answer to this question is never no, but again—the digestive system is already rumbling. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of digestive system was in 1790

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“Digestive system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digestive%20system. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

digestive system

noun
: the bodily system concerned with the intake, breakdown, and absorption of food and the discharge of wastes and that includes the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, intestine, anus, and glands (as the salivary glands)

Medical Definition

digestive system

noun
: the bodily system concerned with the ingestion, digestion, and absorption of food and the discharge of residual wastes and consisting of the digestive tract and accessory glands (such as the salivary glands and the pancreas) that secrete digestive enzymes

called also alimentary system

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