Origin of alterativeMiddle English and Old French alteratif from Medieval Latin alterativus: see alter
- Tending to alter or produce alteration.
- Tending to restore to normal health.
- (medicine, now historical) A medicine or treatment which works by changing processes within the body, rather than by evacuating something etc. [from 14th c.]
(comparative more alterative, superlative most alterative)
- Causing alteration. Specifically: Gradually changing, or tending to change, a morbid state of the functions into one of health. [from 15th c.]
From Latin alterativum, noun use of alterativus.