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digestive

[ dih-jes-tiv, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈdʒɛs tɪv, daɪ- /
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adjective
serving for or pertaining to digestion; having the function of digesting food: the digestive tract.
promoting digestion.
noun
a substance promoting digestion.
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Origin of digestive

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French digestif<Latin dīgestīvus, equivalent to dīgest(us) (see digest) + -īvus-ive

OTHER WORDS FROM digestive

di·ges·tive·ly, adverbnon·di·ges·tive, adjectivepost·di·ges·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for digestive

digestive

digestant (daɪˈdʒɛstənt)

/ (dɪˈdʒɛstɪv, daɪ-) /

adjective
relating to, aiding, or subjecting to digestiona digestive enzyme
noun
a less common word for digestant

Derived forms of digestive

digestively, adverb
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Medical definitions for digestive

digestive
[ dī-jĕstĭv, dĭ- ]

adj.
Of or relating to digestion.
n.
A digestant.
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