|1.||characterized or produced by addition; cumulative|
|2.||any substance added to something to improve it, prevent deterioration, etc|
|3.||short for food additive|
|[C17: from Late Latin additīvus, from addere to |
|any of various natural or synthetic substances, such as salt, monosodium glutamate, or citric acid, used in the commercial processing of food as preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers, etc, in order to preserve or add flavour, colour, or texture to processed food|
additive ad·di·tive (ād'ĭ-tĭv)
A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it.
|additive (ād'ĭ-tĭv) Pronunciation Key
Noun A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it. Additives are used for a variety of reasons. They are added to food, for example, to enhance taste or color or to prevent spoilage. They are added to gasoline to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, and to plastics to enhance molding capability.