- 1(Of a medicine or medical care) relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition: orthodox medicines tend to be palliative rather than curativeMore example sentences
- Supportive care was defined as anything other than chemotherapy and included symptom control by local radiotherapy, palliative surgery, pain relief, blood transfusion, and social or psychological support.
- She was offered palliative chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
- The emergence of terminal and hospice care, and subsequent endorsement of the specialty of palliative medicine, is a clear expression of this.
- 1.1(Of an action) intended to alleviate a problem without addressing the underlying cause: short-term palliative measures had been takenMore example sentences
- The solution should be sought in fast and radical changes to the law on the health insurance system, not in palliative measures like deferment or waiver of debts.
- I wanted to create an alternative to the numbers, the arguments over ‘who is to blame’ and what palliative measures governments and corporations might be willing to take.
- Of course, these were only palliative measures.
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- A palliative medicine, measure, etc.: antibiotics and other palliatives social projects presented as palliatives for the urban crisisMore example sentences
- But we need much more than news about the latest theories and scientific findings on preventive measures, palliatives and cures.
- There are palliatives, cosmetics like quinine for malaria, which suppress the symptoms for as long as you take them; when you stop taking quinine, the malaria returns at full force.
- Lanzmann isn't interested in extracting pity from his viewers; for him, history is present, undeniable and bereft of palliatives.
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- Radiation therapy is used palliatively to treat symptoms such as pain, obstruction, and bleeding, as well as therapeutically to treat bone métastases and spinal cord compression.
- With the diagnosis of mucoepidermoid carcinoma, the patient was treated palliatively with external beam radiation therapy including neck in a series of 30 daily fractions as he refused surgery.
- He was treated palliatively but died from disseminated disease two months later.
late Middle English (as an adjective): from French palliatif, -ive or medieval Latin palliativus, from the verb palliare 'to cloak' (see palliate).