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alterative adj : tending to cure or restore to health; "curative powers of herbal remedies"; "her gentle healing hand"; "remedial surgery"; "a sanative environment of mountains and fresh air"; "a therapeutic agent"; "therapeutic diets" [syn: curative, healing(p), remedial, sanative, therapeutic]

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Latin alterativus: compare with French altératif.


IPA: WEAE /ˈɔl.tɚˌaɪ.tɪv/ or /ˈɔl.tɚ.ə.tɪv/


  1. Causing alteration. Specifically: Gradually changing, or tending to change, a morbid state of the functions into one of health. --Burton.


  1. A medicine or treatment which gradually induces a change, and restores healthy functions without sensible evacuations.
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