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- Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate.
- (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.
reducing progression and relieving symptoms
palliative (plural palliatives)
- (medicine) Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.
- The radiation and chemotherapy were only palliatives.
- palliative in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- palliative in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- palliative at OneLook Dictionary Search
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