curative

adjective cu·ra·tive \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-tiv , ˈkyər- \

Definition of curative

:relating to or used in the cure of diseases :tending to cure

curative

noun

curatively

adverb

Examples of curative in a Sentence

  1. an herb believed to have curative powers

  2. some believe that the herb has curative properties

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Medical researchers are finding curative substances in places that surprise them. Folklore has led to some "new" cures of old diseases, and natural substances never before tried have often proved effective. Quinine, which comes from a tree in the Andes, was the original drug for malaria; aspirin's main ingredient came from willow bark; and Taxol, a drug used in treating several cancers, was originally extracted from the bark of a yew tree. The curative properties of these natural drugs are today duplicated in the laboratory.

Origin and Etymology of curative

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin cūrātīvus, from Latin cūrātus, past participle of cūrāre "to watch over, attend, treat (sick persons), restore to health" + -īvus -ive — more at 1cure


CURATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

curative

adjective

Definition of curative for English Language Learners

  • : able to cure diseases or heal people


Medical Dictionary

curative

adjective cu·ra·tive \ ˈkyu̇r-ət-iv \

medical Definition of curative

:relating to or used in the cure of diseases

curative

noun

curatively

adverb

Law Dictionary

curative

adjective cu·ra·tive \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-tiv \

legal Definition of curative

:serving or intended to cure defects
  • curative instructions to the jury


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