Al"ter*a*tive (#), a. [L. alterativus: cf. F. alt'eratif.]

Causing ateration.

Specifically:

Gradually changing, or tending to change, a morbid state of the functions into one of health.

Burton.

 

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Al"ter*a*tive, n.

A medicine or treatment which gradually induces a change, and restores healthy functions without sensible evacuations.

 

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