non·​tox·​ic | \ ˌnän-ˈtäk-sik How to pronounce nontoxic (audio) \

Definition of nontoxic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not toxic a nontoxic work environment a nontoxic, biodegradable pesticide nontoxic household cleaners


plural nontoxics

Definition of nontoxic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nontoxic substance … began searching for nontoxics to control nematodes, insects and invasive species.— Don Curlee

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There is one new addition to the menu: the 60-minute Honest facial, which features masks developed by Alba and nontoxic products from her line, Honest Beauty. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Facialist Shani Darden Opens First Flagship Skin-Care Studio," 7 June 2019 But as long as fish gather around food, a net is cheaper, nontoxic and just as effective. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Fish Cannons, Koi Herpes and Other Tools to Combat Invasive Carp," 4 June 2019 The fragrances within the line boast a clean bill of health, ticking the boxes on unisex, nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty-free, and all made from U.S. ingredients at her small facility in Culver City, California. Glamour, "I’m 25, Live in L.A., and Spend $3,124 on My Beauty Routine," 15 Apr. 2019 The nail salons known for their nontoxic manicures and luxurious treatments offer an urban oasis with a minimalist sensibility, and that understated yet elegant vibe carries over into Abramcyk’s and Ilyinsky’s carefully curated wardrobes. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "How the Beauty Pioneers Behind Tenoverten Take Their Less-Is-More Philosophy Into Fashion," 9 Nov. 2018 At least eight states specify that tattoo ink must be sterile, nontoxic or unadulterated, according to the Network for Public Health Law, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Tattoo Industry Wins Over Millennials," 31 Aug. 2018 Wild mushrooms, which can be both toxic and nontoxic, typically grow after a period of rainy weather, which Round Rock has experienced in recent days, according to the news station. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas veterinarian warns wild mushrooms after heavy rains can be toxic for pets," 18 Sep. 2018 And, whenever possible, use nontoxic cleaning supplies, which don’t give off noxious fumes. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes To Avoid For Your Baby’s Health," 19 Dec. 2018 The safe, nontoxic formula keeps kitty active, and the bubble wand provides interactive playtime for both of you. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018

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circa 1862, in the meaning defined above


1976, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nontoxic

: not poisonous


non·​tox·​ic | \ -ˈtäk-sik How to pronounce nontoxic (audio) \

Medical Definition of nontoxic

1 : not toxic nontoxic chemicals
2 of goiter : not associated with hyperthyroidism

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