alterative

[awl-tuh-rey-tiv, -ter-uh-tiv]
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adjective

tending to alter.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. gradually restoring healthy bodily functions.

noun

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

likely or able to produce alteration
obsolete (of a drug) able to restore normal health

noun

obsolete a drug that restores normal health
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