nutritive

[ noo-tri-tiv, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu trɪ tɪv, ˈnyu- /

adjective

serving to nourish; providing nutriment; nutritious.
of, relating to, or concerned with nutrition: foods with high nutritive value.

noun

an item of nourishing food: a breakfast of cereals, fruits, and other nutritives.

Nearby words

  1. nutritional,
  2. nutritionist,
  3. nutritionist's calorie,
  4. nutritious,
  5. nutritiously,
  6. nutritive equilibrium,
  7. nutritively,
  8. nutriture,
  9. nuts,
  10. nuts about, be

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

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British Dictionary definitions for non-nutritive

nutritive

/ (ˈnjuːtrɪtɪv) /

adjective

providing nourishment
of, concerning, or promoting nutrition

noun

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).

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Medicine definitions for non-nutritive

nutritive

[ nōōtrĭ-tĭv ]

adj.

Of or relating to nutrition.
Nutritious; nourishing.

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