ero·​sive | \ i-ˈrō-siv How to pronounce erosive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of erosive

: tending to erode or to induce or permit erosion also : caused or marked by erosion erosive arthritis

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Other Words from erosive

erosiveness noun
erosivity \ i-​ˌrō-​ˈsi-​və-​tē How to pronounce erosivity (audio) \ noun

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When rains follow, the earth, ash and charred remnants become erosive torrents, scouring creeks. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "A refuge and memories go up in smoke as another backcountry paradise burns away," 5 May 2018 With otter populations rebounding, kelp forests are too, providing a nursery for young fish and a brake on the erosive power of the surf at the near shore. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "From Seattle to Vancouver: See how Rialto the otter, once near death, is thriving," 24 Mar. 2018 For the emergency spillway, the forensic team found absence of protection against erosion downstream may have been a factor, and surmised that heavily erosive rock and soil may have lead to headcutting, abrupt erosion which creates a ravine. Risa Johnson, The Mercury News, "Oroville Dam: Potential causes of spillway collapse released," 11 May 2017 Flavored water is still way better to drink than soda, which is not only more erosive but also has unhealthy amounts of sugar and empty calories. Ellie Krieger,, "Flavored waters — yes, including La Croix — are eroding your teeth," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of erosive

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of erosive was in 1830

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ero·​sive | \ i-ˈrō-siv, -ziv How to pronounce erosive (audio) \

Medical Definition of erosive

: tending to erode or to induce or permit erosion erosive lesions also : caused or marked by erosion erosive osteoarthritis erosive esophagitis

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