erosive

adjective
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

Other Words from erosive

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

Examples of erosive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In March, the company launching Voquenza, Phathom Pharmaceuticals, also submitted a new drug application to the FDA for the use of vonoprazan as a treatment for the healing of all grades of erosive reflux esophagitis and relief of heartburn. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 1 June 2022 According to the research team, the competing theory that tectonic activity carved out the missing rock was put forth in 2021 when a separate research group questioned whether ancient glaciers were erosive enough to cause the massive loss of rock. David Bressan, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Bitcoin got a brief boost Friday after a report showed U.S. consumer prices accelerated, supporting the argument that the coin is a hedge against the erosive impact of inflation. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 The regenerative, rather than erosive, solutions that ensue, ensure our own survival–and benefit the bottom line. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 From this porch, a short, treacherous path leads down to the ocean, past a retaining wall meant to slow the house’s erosive slide into the water. Patrick House, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 Of course, these same erosive forces continue to shape Arches today. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2021 By studying helium signatures in layers of rock, researchers pieced together its erosive history. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 28 May 2020 But researchers compared the erosive effects of seltzer to soda, coffee, energy drinks and diet cola and found seltzer to be the least harmful to teeth. Rahel Mathews, The Conversation, 7 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of erosive

1830, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2022

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“Erosive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erosive. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for erosive

erosive

adjective
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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