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additive

noun [C] uk   /ˈæd.ɪ.tɪv/ us    /-ə.t̬ɪv/
a substance that is added to food in order to improve its taste or appearance or to keep it fresh and stop it from decaying: food additives This margarine is full of additives - just look at the label!Additives in food and drinks
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