reductive

[ri-duhk-tiv]

adjective

1. of or relating to reduction; serving to reduce or abridge:
an urgent need for reductive measures.

2. of or relating to change from one form to another:
reductive chemical processes.

3. employing an analysis of a complex subject into a simplified, less detailed form; of, pertaining to, or employing reductionism; reductionistic.

noun

4. something causing or inducing a reductive process.

5.
The germ