non·​nu·​tri·​tive | \ ˌnän-ˈnü-trə-tiv How to pronounce nonnutritive (audio) , -ˈnẏü- \

Definition of nonnutritive

: not of or relating to nutrition : not providing nourishment nonnutritive sweeteners pacifiers used for nonnutritive sucking

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Recent Examples on the Web To further complicate matters, ultraprocessed foods often contain a combination of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners that, Small says, produces surprising metabolic effects that result in a particularly potent reinforcement effect. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Scientific American, 25 Sep. 2019 But this new study suggests problems with the nonnutritive (aka artificial) sweeteners in diet drinks. David Becker,, 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonnutritive

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonnutritive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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non·​nu·​tri·​tive | \ -ˈn(y)ü-trət-iv How to pronounce nonnutritive (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonnutritive

: not relating to or providing nutrition nonnutritive sweeteners

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