Definition of Palliative

1. Noun. Remedy that alleviates pain without curing.

Exact synonyms: Alleviant, Alleviator
Generic synonyms: Curative, Cure, Remedy, Therapeutic
Derivative terms: Alleviate, Alleviate

2. Adjective. Moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear.

Definition of Palliative

1. a. Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate.

2. n. That which palliates; a palliative agent.

Definition of Palliative

1. Adjective. (medicine) Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease. ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine. ¹

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Definition of Palliative

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Medical Definition of Palliative

1. 1. Affording relief, but not cure. 2. An alleviating medicine. Origin: L. Palliatus = cloaked This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Palliative

palliative (current term)
palliative care
palliative care physician
palliative therapy
palliative treatment
pallid bat
pallidal syndrome

Literary usage of Palliative

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1. Transactions of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists by American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1904)
"The indications for palliative treatment will depend on the local ... In this form of cancer the first indication in palliative treatment is to get rid of ..."

2. International Trade: An Application of Economic Theory by John Atkinson Hobson (1904)
"Moreover, reverting to economic theory, protection, regarded as a remedy for unemployment, is the substitution of a bad palliative for a cure. ..."

3. Clinical Lectures on the Diseases of Women by James Young Simpson (1872)
"I. palliative TREATMENT. In carrying out the palliative treatment we found that four ... Before I quite the subject of palliative remedies, permit me to ..."

4. Beneficial Uses and Production of Isotopes: 2000 Update by Nea, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (2000)
"An additional use is palliative care of pain associated with secondary cancers. ... palliative care Recent developments for the care of pain arising ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1893)
"THE palliative TREATMENT OF CARCINOMA OF THE ... invaded the vesico-vaginal septum and the peri-uterine tissues palliative treatment alone is justifiable. ..."

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