curative

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

Definition of curative 

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

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Other Words from curative

curative noun
curatively adverb

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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.

Examples of curative in a Sentence

an herb believed to have curative powers some believe that the herb has curative properties

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Filling a room with fragrance maximizes your exposure to the oil’s curative effects. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016 And as more Westerners seek out the legendary curative, commercialization has taken over as profit-seeking impostors pop up among the dozens of legitimate ayahuasca centers that have emerged over the years. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 He was enthralled by the science — by the curative powers of the medications. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Now a new wave of mint shampoos is tapping into the curative powers of the herb—and other superfoods—to create tingly, highly sensorial formulas targeted to every hair-detox need. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "The Supercharged Detox Ingredient That’s Missing From Your Shampoo," 14 June 2018 And as more Westerners seek out the legendary curative, commercialization has taken over as profit-seeking impostors pop up among the dozens of legitimate ayahuasca centers that have emerged over the years. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 Provided along with curative treatments, palliative care emphasizes pain and symptom management, care management and coordination, assistance with treatment decisions, and 24-hour-a-day access to the palliative team's nurses and doctors. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "This type of care can sharply reduce medical costs, so why aren't doctors ordering it?," 25 June 2018 It is designed to relieve distressing symptoms such as pain, but is not based on prognosis and does not require a patient to forgo curative treatment. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "How to know when it's time for hospice," 22 June 2018 The oils of this fragrant Mediterranean native are curative for muscle aches and painful arthritis, too. Sunset, "Top 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of curative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 cure entry 1

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curative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of curative

: able to cure diseases or heal people

curative

adjective
cu·​ra·​tive | \ˈkyu̇r-ət-iv \

Medical Definition of curative 

: relating to or used in the cure of diseases

Other Words from curative

curative noun
curatively adverb

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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