- The definition of palliative is a treatment or medical care designed to reduce pain without treating the underlying cause of the pain.
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.
palliative definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
serving or tending to palliate; specif.,
- excusing; extenuating
a thing that palliates
palliative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Tending or serving to palliate.
- Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.
One that palliates, especially a palliative drug or medicine.
- palˈli·aˌtive·ly adverb
palliative - Medical Definition
Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.