: produced by addition
: characterized by, being, or producing effects (such as drug responses or gene products) that when the causative factors act together are the sum of their individual effects
: a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties
Adjective certain drugs have additive effects when taken in conjunction with each other that one doesn't see when any one is used alone Noun a gasoline additive to reduce pollution
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AdjectiveFor this reason, gotu kola may have additive effects with your diabetes medications, such as insulin (ex., Humalog) or metformin. —Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 2 Mar. 2023 Because of such uncertainties, EFSA concluded that titanium dioxide could no longer be considered safe when used as a food additive. —Sam Jones, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 The chip uses a new algorithm the team developed with Ken Duffy from Maynooth University: guessing random additive noise decoding (GRAND). —IEEE Spectrum, 27 Jan. 2022 And bacteria in the soil, enriched with the common gardening additive biochar, also convert VOCs into less harmful products, such as sugars. —Alex Chun, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2023 And then some of these are additive materials, 3D printed. —Norah O'donnell, CBS News, 27 Apr. 2023 In 2003, at the height of the thimerosal controversy, a bipartisan measure to update the law by offering immunity to vaccine additive manufacturers collapsed in Congress. —Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Lastly, to estimate the size of the effect of COVID-19 on bond coupons, the AJC built a series of statistical models, increasing in complexity from a simple linear model, to general additive models (GAM), to mixed-effects GAMs, to mixed-effects GAMs with a large degree of freedom. —Nick Thieme, ajc, 2 Dec. 2021 Remember, though, that risk is additive. —Katia Hetter, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021
NounThese capsules provide a convenient way to naturally boost your health and wellness without having to worry about any harsh chemicals or additives. —Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2023 Lysol Laundry Sanitizer is a powerful detergent additive that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria in laundry water without having to use hot water or bleach. —Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 Apr. 2023 Prior to the early 20th century, America had no regulation of medications or food additives. —Thomas R. Insel, STAT, 12 Apr. 2023 What is Red Dye 3? Red Dye 3 is a color additive that used in thousands of products in the U.S. —Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2023 Bergeson said the regulation of chemicals is subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, but the FDA regulates only color additives and chemicals in sunscreen because those products make the medical claim of decreasing the risk of skin cancer. —Michael Scaturro, oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2023 All products are formulated without harsh additives like parabens, phthalates, sulfates, dyes, and GMOs, and are packaged in 100 percent BPA-free plastic. —Alicia Geigel, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2023 Some aerosol duster products already contain this type of additive, which has not been shown to have much impact on substance abuse. —Aria Bendix, NBC News, 20 Apr. 2023 The additive, says Woldegiorgis, was meant to improve the shelf life of injera from three days to ten days. —Julien Chongwang, Quartz Africa, 7 July 2020 See More
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