nonreactive

adjective

non·​re·​ac·​tive ˌnän-rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce nonreactive (audio)
: 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

Examples of nonreactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a nonreactive bowl, toss ears of corn with remaining olive oil, Aleppo pepper and salt. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 Be sure to use a stainless-steel, enamel, or other nonreactive pot to cook artichokes to prevent discoloration or off-flavors. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 May 2024 That’s why most copper pots are lined with a nonreactive metal. Kathleen Purvis, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The nonstick, nonreactive surface is perfect for slow-cooking stews, oysters, and practically anything else for long periods. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 19 Dec. 2023 The nonstick, nonreactive surface is perfect for slow-cooking stews, oysters, and practically anything else on the stovetop for long periods. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Salt vegetables: Place cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and peppers in a nonreactive container. Jessica B. Harris, Southern Living, 11 July 2023 These pots and pans have a slick, nonporous chemical coating along the inside that creates a nonreactive surface that keeps food from sticking. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023 In a 4- to 5-qt. nonreactive heavy pot combine 4 cups water, 4 cups white vinegar, and ½ cup sugar. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonreactive was circa 1909

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“Nonreactive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonreactive. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

nonreactive

adjective
non·​re·​ac·​tive -rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce nonreactive (audio)
: 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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