alterative

noun
al·​ter·​ative | \ ˈȯl-tə-ˌrāt-iv, -rət- How to pronounce alterative (audio) \

Medical Definition of alterative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

alterative

adjective

Medical Definition of alterative (Entry 2 of 2)

: causing alteration

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