sub·​cu·​ra·​tive ˌsəb-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tiv How to pronounce subcurative (audio)
: not sufficient to cure a disease
subcurative doses of anthelmintic drugs
a subcurative treatment

Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcurative was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Subcurative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


sub·​cu·​ra·​tive ˌsəb-ˈkyu̇r-ət-iv How to pronounce subcurative (audio)
: relating to or being a dose that is too small to produce a cure
subcurative amounts of one drug may become curative when given with another
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