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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

n.

late 14c., from Old French digestif (14c.), from Late Latin digestivus "pertaining to digestion," from past participle stem of Latin digerere (see digest (n.)). From 1530s as an adjective. The noun in the French form digestif is attested from 1908.

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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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