palliative


1pal·li·a·tive

adjective \ˈpa-lē-ˌā-tiv, ˈpal-yə-\

Definition of PALLIATIVE

:  serving to palliate <palliative surgery> <palliative care>
pal·lia·tive·ly adverb

First Known Use of PALLIATIVE

15th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

2palliative

noun

medical : something that reduces the effects or symptoms of a medical condition without curing it

: something that is intended to make a bad situation seem better but that does not really improve the situation

Full Definition of PALLIATIVE

:  something that palliates

Examples of PALLIATIVE

  1. The disease has no cure, but a number of palliatives exist.
  2. Travel is like a palliative against depression for him.
  3. symbolic palliatives for inner-city troubles

First Known Use of PALLIATIVE

1724

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

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