Definition of Alterative

1. Adjective. Tending to cure or restore to health. "Therapeutic diets"

Exact synonyms: Curative, Healing, Remedial, Sanative, Therapeutic
Similar to: Healthful
Derivative terms: Cure, Remedy



Definition of Alterative

1. a. Causing ateration.

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

Definition of Alterative

1. Noun. (context: medicine now historical) A medicine or treatment which works by changing processes within the body, rather than by evacuating something etc. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Causing alteration. Specifically: Gradually changing, or tending to change, a morbid state of the functions into one of health. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Alterative

1. A medicine or treatment which gradually induces a change, and restores healthy functions without sensible evacuations. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Alterative

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alter-ego
alter-egos
alter ego
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alterabilities
alterability
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alterableness
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alterant
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alterative (current term)
alterative inflammation
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altercursive intubation
altered
altered self hypothesis
alteregoism
alterer

Literary usage of Alterative

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1. Dr. Chase's Recipes: Or, Information for Everybody: an Invaluable Collection by Alvin Wood Chase (1888)
"This, or any other alterative, when priven, should be followed up for weeks or months, ... I would not give this for Jayne's alterative, nor Swain's ..."

2. Essentials of the principles and practice of medicine by Henry Hartshorne (1881)
"alterative treatment is distinguished, in our classification, ... All antidotes may be said to be alterative, but all alterative medicines are not antidotal ..."

3. Rational Hydrotherapy: A Manual of the Physiological and Therapeutic Effects by John Harvey Kellogg (1901)
"The alterative effects of water are obtained by the cold douche, the alternating douche, the wet-sheet pack, the full or immersion bath, sweating procedures ..."

4. The Medical Formulary: Being a Collection of Prescriptions, Derived from the by Benjamin Ellis, Robert Pennell Thomas (1868)
"They are alterative as well as diaphoretic, and are useful in herpetic and other obstinate cutaneous complaints. 175. Flu-miner's Pills. ..."

5. The Institutes of Medicine by Martyn Paine (1862)
"The law of increased susceptibility is brought into operation $ 137, a, and alterative reflex action increases the bile ($ 889 /, Щ What I have thus stated ..."

6. Journal of Materia Medica (1877)
"It was this: a patient called upon your correspondent for what he considered required " a good alterative " and being somewhat acquainted with the different ..."

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