Definition of curative
: relating to or used in the cure of diseases : tending to cure
Examples of curative in a sentence
an herb believed to have curative powers
<some believe that the herb has curative properties>
Did You Know?
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.
First Known Use of curative
CURATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of curative for English Language Learners
: able to cure diseases or heal people
Medical Definition of curative
: relating to or used in the cure of diseases
Legal Definition of curative
: serving or intended to cure defects <curative instructions to the jury>
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