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nutritive

[noo-tri-tiv, nyoo-]
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adjective
  1. serving to nourish; providing nutriment; nutritious.
  2. of, relating to, or concerned with nutrition: foods with high nutritive value.
noun
  1. an item of nourishing food: a breakfast of cereals, fruits, and other nutritives.

Origin of nutritive

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin nūtrītīvus, equivalent to nūtrīt- (see nutrition) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English nutritif < Middle French < Medieval Latin as above
Related formsnu·tri·tive·ly, adverbnu·tri·tive·ness, nounhy·per·nu·tri·tive, adjectivenon·nu·tri·tive, adjectivenon·nu·tri·tive·ly, adverbnon·nu·tri·tive·ness, nounun·nu·tri·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-nutritive

nutritive

adjective
  1. providing nourishment
  2. of, concerning, or promoting nutrition
noun
  1. a nutritious food
Derived Formsnutritively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-nutritive

nutritive

adj.

late 14c., from Old French nutritif and directly from Medieval Latin nutritivus "nourishing," from past participle stem of Latin nutrire "to nourish" (see nourish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-nutritive in Medicine

nutritive

(nōōtrĭ-tĭv)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to nutrition.
  2. Nutritious; nourishing.
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