[ ik-strak-tiv ]
/ ɪkˈstræk tɪv /


tending or serving to extract, or based upon extraction: coal, oil, copper, and other extractive industries.
capable of being extracted, as from the earth: extractive fuels.
of, relating to, or involving extraction: extractive surgery.
of or of the nature of an extract.


something extracted.

Origin of extractive

First recorded in 1590–1600; extract + -ive

Related forms

non·ex·trac·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for extractive


/ (ɪkˈstræktɪv) /


tending or serving to extract
of, involving, or capable of extraction


something extracted or capable of being extracted
the part of an extract that is insoluble
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Medicine definitions for extractive


[ ĭk-străktĭv ]


Used in or obtained by extraction.
Possible to extract.


Something that may be extracted.
A substance present in tissue that can be separated by successive treatment with solvents and recovered by evaporation of the solution; the insoluble portion of an extract.
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