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digestive

[dih-jes-tiv, dahy-] /dɪˈdʒɛs tɪv, daɪ-/
adjective
1.
serving for or pertaining to digestion; having the function of digesting food:
the digestive tract.
2.
promoting digestion.
noun
3.
a substance promoting digestion.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French digestif < Latin dīgestīvus, equivalent to dīgest(us) (see digest) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
digestively, adverb
nondigestive, adjective
postdigestive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for postdigestive

digestive

/dɪˈdʒɛstɪv; daɪ-/
adjective
1.
relating to, aiding, or subjecting to digestion a digestive enzyme
noun
2.
a less common word for digestant
3.
short for digestive biscuit
Derived Forms
digestively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for postdigestive
digestive
late 14c. (n.); 1530s (adj.), from Fr. digestif (14c.), from L. digestivus, from digest-, pp. stem of digerere (see digest (n.)).
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postdigestive in Medicine

digestive di·ges·tive (dī-jěs'tĭv, dĭ-)
adj.
Of or relating to digestion. n.
A digestant.

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