palliative care


medical care focused on improving the quality of life of patients with serious illnesses, as by treating symptoms and providing emotional support.

Nearby words

  1. pallial,
  2. palliard,
  3. palliasse,
  4. palliate,
  5. palliative,
  6. palliative treatment,
  7. pallid,
  8. pallidal,
  9. pallidectomy,
  10. pallidly

Origin of palliative care

First recorded in 1965–70

Also called comfort care. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019