Ex*tract"ive (?), a. [Cf. F. extractif.]


Capable of being extracted.

"Thirty grains of extractive matter."



Tending or serving to extract or draw out.

Certain branches of industry are conveniently designated extractive: e.g., agriculture, pastoral and mining pursuits, cutting of lumber, etc. Cairnes.


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Ex*tract"ive, n.


Anything extracted; an extract.

Extractives, of which the most constant are urea, kreatin, and grape sugar. H. N. Martin.

2. Chem. (a)

A chemical principle once supposed to exist in all extracts

. [Obs.] (b)

Any one of a large class of substances obtained by extraction, and consisting largely of nitrogenous hydrocarbons, such as xanthin, hypoxanthin, and creatin extractives from muscle tissue.


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