nutritive

[noo-tri-tiv, nyoo-]
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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 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 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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nutritive in Medicine

nutritive

[nōōtrĭ-tĭv]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to nutrition.
  2. Nutritious; nourishing.
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