alterative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin alterativum, noun use of alterativus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒl.tɹə.tɪv/, /ˈɒl.tə.ɹə.tɪv/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔl.tɚˌaɪ.tɪv/, /ˈɔl.tɚ.ə.tɪv/

Noun[edit]

alterative (plural alteratives)

  1. (medicine, now historical) A medicine or treatment which works by changing processes within the body, rather than by evacuating something etc. [from 14th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 5, member 1, subsection v:
      Amongst this number of cordials and alteratives I do not find a more present remedy than a cup of wine or strong drink, if it be soberly and opportunely used.

Adjective[edit]

alterative (comparative more alterative, superlative most alterative)

  1. Causing alteration.
    1. (medicine) Gradually changing, or tending to change, a morbid state into a healthy one. [from 15th c.]

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

alterative f

  1. feminine plural of alterativo

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