from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending or serving to palliate.
- adj. Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.
- n. One that palliates, especially a palliative drug or medicine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.
- n. Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate, mitigate, or alleviate.
- n. That which palliates; a palliative agent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Palliating; extenuating; serving to extenuate by excuses or favorable representation.
- Mitigating or alleviating, as pain or disease.
- n. That which extenuates: as, a palliative of guilt.
- n. That which mitigates, alleviates, or abates, as the violence of pain, disease, or other evil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. remedy that alleviates pain without curing
- adj. moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
She avoided the phrase palliative care because care, she wrote, “is a soft word” that would never win respectability in the medical world.
By what we term palliative treatment alone more cures are effected than by the old process of treatment with nitric acid.
Rather than shirking from the term palliative care, they have thrown their weight and credibility behind it in a further effort to educate clinicians and consumers about palliative care and to reduce stigma associated with the term.
The getting-over-it approach is to continue to actively work to reduce and debunk the misconceptions and stigma associated with the term palliative care.
She founded the palliative medical field of music -- thanatology and the Chalice of Repose Project, which trains teachers in palliative music vigils with the dying.
Most of the patients they see in palliative care was cancer patients, but they are now seeing more cardiovascular problems, respiratory cases, HIV/AIDS, and end-stage cardiac or renal disease.
There is a combined program with Critical Care Medicine in palliative care.
Aside from my life being turned upside down with my mother having been ill and now with my sister-in-law being in palliative care in Halifax, things have been somewhat topsy-turvy.
This would be a short-term palliative to get the French and Americans past the next election.
But the wider positive for stocks and the economy is that falling housing starts are a longer-term palliative for the bloated housing market.