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Definition of Extractive


  1. Capable of being extracted.
  2. Tending or serving to extract or draw out.
  3. Anything extracted; an extract.
  4. A chemical principle once supposed to exist in all extracts.
  5. 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.