1. Capable of being extracted. "Thirty grains of extractive matter."

2. 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)

Origin: Cf. F. Extractif.

1. Anything extracted; an extract. "Extractives, of which the most constant are urea, kreatin, and grape sugar." (H. N. Martin)

2. <chemistry> A chemical principle once supposed to exist in all extracts. Any one of a large class of substances obtained by extraction, and consisting largely of nitrogenous hydrocarbons, such as xanthin, hypoxanthin, and creatine extractives from muscle tissue.

(01 Mar 1998)