- retention cyst,
- retention jaundice,
- retention suture,
- retention vomiting,
Origin of retentive
Examples from the Web for retentive
The looseness of the vessels and the weakness of the retentive faculty, is known from a moist and loose habit of the body.
The mind at this period is most retentive of sense impressions.Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education|Ontario Ministry of Education
You are fortunate, as a retentive memory is often very useful.Zula|H. Esselstyn Lindley
He had a well-disciplined mind, a retentive memory, and a happy faculty of communication.Memoir of Rev. Joseph Badger|Elihu G. Holland
"His memory does not seem to be as retentive as yours," said her father with quiet sarcasm.Frontier Boys in Frisco|Wyn Roosevelt
late 14c., "able to hold or keep" (mental or physical), from Old French retentif, from Medieval Latin retentivus, from past participle stem of Latin retinere (see retain). Related: Retentively; retentiveness.