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additive

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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 (such as drug responses or gene products) that when the causative factors act together are the sum of their individual effects

additively

adverb

additivity

play \ˌa-də-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of additive in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of additive

1648

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms


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additive

noun

Definition of additive

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

Examples of additive in a Sentence

  1. a gasoline additive to reduce pollution

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First Known Use of additive

1901


ADDITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

additive

noun

Definition of additive for English Language Learners

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


ADDITIVE Defined for Kids

additive

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noun ad·di·tive \ ˈa-də-tiv \

Definition of additive for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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additive

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adjective ad·di·tive \ ˈad-ət-iv \

medical Definition of additive

:having or relating to a value or effect that is the sum of individual values or effects: as
a :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 effect
b :having a genetic effect that is the sum of the individual effects

additively

adverb

additivity

play \ˌad-ə-ˈtiv-ət-ē\ noun plural addities

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additive

noun

medical Definition of additive

: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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