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additive

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adjective ad·di·tive \ˈad-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of additive

  1. :  having or relating to a value or effect that is the sum of individual values or effects: asa:  relating to the sum of the pharmacological responses produced by the concurrent administration of two or more drugs capable of producing the same kind of effectb:  having a genetic effect that is the sum of the individual effects

additively adverb
additivity \ˌad-ə-ˈtiv-ət-ē\play noun plural additivities



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additive

noun ad·di·tive

Medical Definition of additive

  1. :  a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties; especially :  an agent added to a foodstuff to improve color, flavor, texture, or keeping qualities





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