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Definitions for digestive
dɪˈdʒɛs tɪv, daɪ-di·ges·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. digestiveadjective

    any substance that promotes digestion

  2. digestiveadjective

    relating to or having the power to cause or promote digestion

    "digestive juices"; "a digestive enzyme"; "digestive ferment"


  1. digestivenoun

    a substance that aids digestion

  2. digestiveadjective

    of, relating to, or functioning in digestion

  3. digestiveadjective

    having the power to cause or promote digestion

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Digestiveadjective

    Etymology: from digest.

    A chilifactory menstruum, or a digestive preparation, drawn from species or individuals, whose stomachs peculiarly dissolve lapideous bodies. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii. c. 5.

    The earth and sun were in that very same state; the one active, piercing, and digestive by its heat; the other passive, receptive, and stored with materials for such a production. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    To business, ripen’d by digestive thought,
    This future rule is into method brought. Dryden.

  2. Digestivenoun

    An application which disposes a wound to generate matter. Richard Wiseman of Abscesses.

    Etymology: from digest.


  1. digestive

    Digestive refers to anything related to the process of digestion, which means the breakdown of food consumed by organisms for absorption and assimilation by the body. This term could specifically relate to the digestive system, which includes organs like the stomach and intestines involved in the digestion process. Digestive could also refer to enzymes or substances that aid in digestion, or to foods or medications that are known to promote good digestive health.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Digestiveadjective

    pertaining to digestion; having the power to cause or promote digestion; as, the digestive ferments

  2. Digestivenoun

    that which aids digestion, as a food or medicine

  3. Digestivenoun

    a substance which, when applied to a wound or ulcer, promotes suppuration

  4. Digestivenoun

    a tonic

  5. Etymology: [F. digestif, L. digestivus.]

Editors Contribution

  1. digestive

    Of or relating to digestion.

    The digestive tract is part of the body.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of digestive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of digestive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of digestive in a Sentence

  1. Taz Bhatia:

    Fatty foods take longer to move through the digestive system, which can make nausea worse and trigger acid reflux.

  2. Sara Peternell:

    Babies have very immature digestive systems, so to speak, so when we introduce something that’s more of a refined grain, that takes a lot more energy from the digestive system to try to break it down and also to extract the nutrients.

  3. Gerard Mullin:

    As a digestive disease specialist I frequently recommend the spice ginger in the form of tea for nausea and abdominal discomfort.

  4. Sanjay Guptas:

    In a study out of China where they looked at some of the earliest patients, some 200 patients, they found that digestive or stomach GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms were actually there in about half the patients.

  5. Jamie Foster:

    Animals, including humans, rely on our microbes to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system, we do not fully understand how spaceflight alters these beneficial interactions. The UMAMI experiment uses a glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid to address these important issues in animal health.

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