Definition of digestive in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈdʒɛstɪv/
Pronunciation: /dɪˈdʒɛstɪv/


1Relating to the process of digesting food: digestive disorders
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  • These include increased blood pressure, cancers of the mouth and upper digestive system, cirrhosis of the liver, and pancreatic and other digestive disorders.
  • Gastro-enterologists the world over attribute many of the chronic digestive disorders to the hurried swallowing of food, which may be over spiced or oily.
  • An infusion made from the crushed foliage has cleansing and antiseptic properties and is used for soothing and healing skin wounds, and also as a remedy for certain digestive disorders.
1.1(Of food or medicine) aiding or promoting the process of digestion: tubes of digestive mints
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  • Peppermint is often gentler than other digestive herbs, such as ginger and cayenne; the aroma alone has a sedating and calming effect on many.
  • The prescription is straight forward with blood tonics, spleen and digestive herbs, Tian Ma and Qiang Huo for the hair as well as Man Jing Zi.
  • Omit it all together or try adding digestive herbs such as Chen Pi and Sha Ren.


1A food, drink, or medicine that aids or promotes the digestion of food.
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  • After the meal came a much-appreciated dressed green salad that worked as a digestive.
  • On May 27, the theme will be Strawberries and will include the chef's Table menu with several aperitifs, fine Bulgarian wines, digestives and coffee.
  • The company is to launch a new Ayurvedic range that includes a whole range of products for treating cough and cold, memory enhancers, blood purifiers and digestives.
2 (also digestive biscuit) British A round semi-sweet biscuit made of wholemeal flour.
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  • But this, spotted today at about 3pm, really takes the digestive biscuit.
  • Let cool to room temperature, and serve with shortbread cookies or digestive biscuits.
  • If you eat two chocolate digestive biscuits, they cancel each other out.



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  • An hour later, you return with something to appease your family both visually and digestively.
  • Often, firefighters are called out in the middle of a meal, which is not digestively ideal.
  • The normal physiological role for mesotrypsin is surmised to be to digestively degrade naturally occurring trypsin inhibitors found in food such as soybeans.


Late Middle English: from Old French digestif, -ive or Latin digestivus, from digest- 'digested', from the verb digerere (see digest).

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