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palliative

Line breaks: pal¦lia|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈpalɪətɪv
 
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Definition of palliative in English:

adjective

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 curative
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1(Of an action) intended to alleviate a problem without addressing the underlying cause: short-term palliative measures had been taken
More 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.

noun

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A palliative medicine, measure, etc. antibiotics and other palliatives social projects presented as palliatives for the urban crisis
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  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (as an adjective): from French palliatif, -ive or medieval Latin palliativus, from the verb palliare 'to cloak' (see palliate).

Derivatives

palliatively

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adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

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