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1additive

adjective ad·di·tive \ˈa-də-tiv\

Definition of ADDITIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or characterized by addition <an additive process>
2
:  produced by addition
3
:  characterized by, being, or producing effects (as drug responses or gene products) that when the causative factors act together are the sum of their individual effects
ad·di·tive·ly adverb
ad·di·tiv·i·ty \ˌa-də-ˈti-və-tē\ noun
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Examples of ADDITIVE

  1. <certain drugs have additive effects when taken in conjunction with each other that one doesn't see when any one is used alone>

First Known Use of ADDITIVE

1699

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

2additive

noun

: something (such as a chemical) that is added in small amounts to a substance to improve it in some way

Full Definition of ADDITIVE

:  a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties <food additives>

Examples of ADDITIVE

  1. a gasoline additive to reduce pollution

First Known Use of ADDITIVE

1945

Other Food Terms

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ADDITIVELY Defined for Kids

additive

noun ad·di·tive \ˈa-də-tiv\

Definition of ADDITIVE for Kids

:  a substance added to another in small amounts <The gasoline additive improves engine performance.>

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