Definition of nutritive in English:



  • 1Relating to nutrition.

    ‘the food was low in nutritive value’
    • ‘It was concluded, therefore, that alfalfa had greater nutritive value for horses than timothy or orchardgrass harvested at either the pre- or early-bloom stages.’
    • ‘Cutting more frequently at earlier stages of maturity results in forage with higher nutritive value but lower yield compared with cutting less frequently at more mature stages of growth.’
    • ‘The present studies were conducted to determine the effects of common corn smut on the ensiling characteristics, palatability, and nutritive value of corn silage.’
    • ‘Milk proteins have a smooth mouth feel and high nutritive and biological value.’
    • ‘Processing of maize further reduces the nutritive value by removing the outer layers of the kernels, which contain a significant portion of the nutrients.’
    • ‘Proper harvesting and post-harvest handling methods, as well as proper storage of fruits and vegetables not immediately eaten, will help maintain the flavor, texture and nutritive value of the produce.’
    • ‘Barley is an important energy supplement but there is a large amount of variability in nutritive value among barley varieties.’
    • ‘Therefore, various strategies have been developed to improve the nutritive value of crops by modifying their protein composition through genetic engineering.’
    • ‘Food quality and nutritive value can be altered, and food allergies can also be a serious concern.’
    • ‘Herman is looking for new genetic, genomic, and proteomic methods to improve protein, oil, and nutritive value in soybeans.’
    • ‘Avoid foods that contain additives or lack nutritive value.’
    • ‘The nutritive values of radishes and leaves consist of moderate levels of Vitamins A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, and traces of Phosphorus and Potassium.’
    • ‘In addition to preserving much of a plant's nutritive value, no flowering would also mean no pollen and no seeds, which would virtually eliminate the chance of transgene spread.’
    • ‘If you want to cut back a little on carbohydrates, cut back on those that have little or no nutritive value: soft drinks, candy, chips and other high-sugar or high-calorie snack foods.’
    • ‘Reptiles and birds gulp their food down and hence lose much nutritive value.’
    • ‘It is evident that a great deal of variability in the nutritive value exists among barley sources and we are able to account for this variability with measures of chemical constituents.’
    • ‘Bilberry has been used as food for centuries due to its high nutritive value, and today represents a precious wild delicacy.’
    • ‘‘Fatty foods would be judged on their nutritive value per calorie or gram of fat,’ he explained.’
    • ‘Chicory produces leafy growth that is high in nutritive value and mineral content if managed properly.’
    • ‘Unlike vitamins and minerals, the thousands of phytochemicals in plants don't seem to have any nutritive value, but they apparently protect the body against cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.’
    1. 1.1 Providing nourishment; nutritious.
      ‘nutritive food’
      • ‘Earlier they used to provide some nutritive food supplements to the poor patients.’
      • ‘In the nutritive sphere, food is partially cooked by the stomach, and then moved in the form of chyle to the liver where it is heated further.’
      • ‘She said that it could be effectively overcome by the consumption of highly nutritive foods.’
      • ‘People are now conscious of healthy eating - but our taste buds do not want bland and nutritive food.’
      • ‘In other cases, doctors advise change of environment to a pollution-free atmosphere, good nutritive food with multivitamin supplements and plenty of fluids.’
      nourishing, good for one, full of nourishment, full of nutrients, wholesome, healthy, health-giving, healthful, beneficial, sustaining, strengthening
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin nutritivus, from nutrire ‘feed, nourish’.