- tending to alter.
- Medicine/Medical Obsolete. gradually restoring healthy bodily functions.
- Medicine/Medical Obsolete. an alterative remedy.
Origin of alterative
Examples from the Web for alterative
Historical Examples of alterative
I determined to try the poison of jealousy, by way of an alterative.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
In India it is used for the piles and as an alterative for bilious disorders.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Does the skin undergo any alterative or destructive changes?Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The alterative medicine was to be given in tablespoonfuls—two tablespoonfuls to a dose.A Sister of the Red Cross
Mrs. L. T. Meade
Others have employed it as an alterative and tonic with variable success.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- likely or able to produce alteration
- obsolete (of a drug) able to restore normal health
- obsolete a drug that restores normal health