digestive (adj.)

early 15c., "of or pertaining to physiological digestion," also "promoting digestion," from Old French digestif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin digestivus "pertaining to digestion," from digest-, past-participle stem of Latin digerere "to separate, divide, arrange," etymologically "to carry apart," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + gerere "to carry" (see gest).

Earlier in English as a noun, "a preparation or medicine which aids digestion" (late 14c.), from French, short for medecin digestif. The noun in the French form digestif is attested from 1908.

Origin and meaning of digestive

updated on October 13, 2021

Definitions of digestive from WordNet
digestive (n.)
any substance that promotes digestion;
digestive (adj.)
relating to or having the power to cause or promote digestion;
digestive juices
a digestive enzyme
digestive ferment
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