alterative

[awl-tuh-rey-tiv, -ter-uh-tiv]
noun
  1. Medicine/Medical Obsolete. an alterative remedy.

Origin of alterative

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word alterātīvus. See alter, -ative
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alterative

adjective
  1. likely or able to produce alteration
  2. obsolete (of a drug) able to restore normal health
noun
  1. obsolete a drug that restores normal health
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