in·​te·​gra·​tive | \ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv \

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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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 Palomar Health hospitalist and integrative medicine physician Sabiha Pasha and registered dietitian Kathryn Vasaeli share cooking techniques to help achieve your best heart health in this free class. Laura Groch,, "North County Community News, June 10," 10 June 2018 Alternative and integrative medicine has never been more popular, according to the Mayo Clinic, and more and more consumers look for essential oils on organic body lotion labels as a safer alternative to hazardous synthetic fragrances. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Times You Should Never Use Essential Oils," 12 Jan. 2017

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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in·​te·​gra·​tive | \ˈint-ə-ˌgrāt-iv \

Medical Definition of integrative 

: tending to integrate the integrative action of the nervous system

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