- focusing on relieving the pain or discomfort of an illness, rather than on a cure: palliative nursing care
- excusing; extenuating
When a person has advanced cancer and is given morphine to feel better but not to treat the cancer, this is an example of palliative care.
- Tending or serving to palliate.
- Alleviating the symptoms of a disease or disorder, especially one that is terminal, when a cure is not available.
(comparative more palliative, superlative most palliative)
- (medicine) Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.
- The radiation and chemotherapy were only palliatives.
- All of the proceeds benefited Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition and its goal to improve care for critically ill children.
- Chemotherapy also can ease the symptoms of cancer (palliative chemotherapy), helping some patients have a better quality of life.
- There are also drugs that offer palliative care - treating the symptoms of migraines as they arise.
- In advanced metastatic cancer when cure is unlikely, palliative surgery aims at reducing symptoms.
- Persons in severe pain from terminal cancer are often prescribed narcotics as palliative care.