in·​te·​gra·​tive | \ ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv How to pronounce integrative (audio) \

Definition of integrative

: serving to integrate or favoring integration : directed toward integration the integrative powers of the human imagination— J. A. McPherson

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But several years ago, a patient who was facing the final treatments of her terminal cancer asked integrative medicine specialist Nancy Conway at Aurora Health Care to offer something to help cope while the patient was in hospice. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: A triathlon with yoga, acupuncture? In the cancer fight, it can help the journey," 7 May 2018 Jeremy Fischer is an integrative doctor in Los Angeles, making use of IV therapy and more at his clinic, Vitality Integrative Medicine. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "How to Drink and Not Get Hungover," 4 Mar. 2016 Using a process called agile integrative computational protein design, or AI-CPD, Amai changes the sequence of amino acids in the proteins to fix problems related to yield, stability and taste. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "This Sugar Substitute Aims to Avoid a Bitter End," 19 Oct. 2018 Dior Science, the science division of Dior in France, is applying integrative thinking to its skin care. Bel Dumé, Scientific American, "For Better Skin Care, Start With Better Combinations of Ingredients," 4 May 2018 Rasmus Nielsen, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Human 'sea nomads' can dive up to 13 minutes — thanks to this DNA mutation, study finds | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 His parents, Michael and Margaret Rora, moved the family to Massachusetts, where Rora attended elementary, middle, and high schools before studying integrative biology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Elise Takahama,, "Cardinal Sean O’Malley to ordain 7 priests for Boston Archdiocese," 18 May 2018 Today, Dior Science is applying an integrative approach to optimize the efficiency of its skincare treatments. Scientific American, "In Medicine and Skincare, Plants are Staging a Comeback," 4 May 2018 The groom’s mother is the director of wellness and integrative health for the Road Home Program, and his father is the chairman of the psychiatry department, both at Rush University Medical Center. New York Times, "Margaret Olmos, Joshua Pollack," 17 June 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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in·​te·​gra·​tive | \ ˈint-ə-ˌgrāt-iv How to pronounce integrative (audio) \

Medical Definition of integrative

: tending to integrate the integrative action of the nervous system

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