Alterative



tending to .
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. gradually restoring healthy bodily functions.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. an alterative remedy.
Historical Examples

Its present use is that of an astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also that of an expectorant.
Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

The alterative medicine was to be given in tablespoonfuls—two tablespoonfuls to a dose.
A Sister of the Red Cross Mrs. L. T. Meade

As a natural consequence of the foregoing he regards “alterative action” as “habit-breaking action.”
Luck or Cunning Samuel Butler

It has also some reputation as an alterative and resolvent, and as an anodyne.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3 Various

A spoonful night and morning for a week or longer, as an alterative or purifier of the blood; in skin diseases, &c.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

alterative and discutient; used to disperse indolent tumours and swellings, and as a resolvent in enlarged joints, &c.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

I pledge myself to take your alterative regularly, constantly.
Coelebs In Search of a Wife Hannah More

It is occasionally employed as a medicine, and, like other preparations of gold, is of an alterative character.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

Dose: As an alterative and to act on the liver and secretions, from two to five grains two or three times a day.
The Ladies Book of Useful Information Anonymous

Nearly every alterative drug has had its period of popularity.
Psychotherapy James J. Walsh

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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