adjective \ˈa-də-tiv\

Definition of ADDITIVE

:  of, relating to, or characterized by addition <an additive process>
:  produced by addition
:  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

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


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: 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


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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In foods, any of various chemical substances added to produce desirable effects. Additives include such substances as artificial or natural colourings and flavourings; stabilizers, emulsifiers, and thickeners; preservatives and humectants (moisture-retainers); and supplementary nutrients. Though many additives are harmless or even beneficial, others reduce nutritional value or conceal inferior raw materials or processing.


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