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Meaning of ALTERATIVE

Pronunciation:  'oltu`reytiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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"
 

ALTERATIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: curative, healing(p), healthful, remedial, sanative, therapeutic
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Al"ter*a*tive\, a. [L. alterativus: cf. F.
    alt['e]ratif.]
    Causing ateration. Specifically: Gradually changing, or
    tending to change, a morbid state of the functions into one
    of health. --Burton.
    
    
  2. \Al"ter*a*tive\, n.
    A medicine or treatment which gradually induces a change, and
    restores healthy functions without sensible evacuations.
    
    
 

 

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