nonreactive

adjective non·re·ac·tive \ ˌnän-rē-ˈak-tiv \

Definition of nonreactive

:not reactive: such as
a :lacking a response or reaction to a stimulus
  • nonreactive pupils as a result of head trauma
b :having no inductance or capacitance used of a circuit offering only ohmic resistance to a current
  • nonreactive circuits
c :not exhibiting a positive reaction in a particular laboratory test
  • serum that is nonreactive on the first test
d of cookware :not reacting chemically with acidic ingredients
  • a nonreactive bowl
  • Bring the liquids and the sugar to a boil in a nonreactive saucepan.
  • —Harvey Steiman
  • Stainless steel is used in cookware primarily for its easy care and nonreactive qualities; it's a notoriously poor conductor of heat.
  • —Melanie Barnard

First Known Use of nonreactive

circa 1909


Medical Dictionary

nonreactive

adjective non·re·ac·tive \ -rē-ˈak-tiv \

medical Definition of nonreactive

:not reactive
  • dilated nonreactive pupils
; especially :not exhibiting a positive reaction in a particular laboratory test
  • the serum was nonreactive in the VDRL test

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