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alterative

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noun al·ter·ative \ˈȯl-tə-ˌrāt-iv, -rət-\

Medical Definition of alterative

  1. :  a drug used empirically to alter favorably the course of an ailment




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alterative

adjective al·ter·ative

Medical Definition of alterative

  1. :  causing alteration




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