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palliative

noun [C] uk   /ˈpæl.i.ə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/
specialized medical a drug or medical treatment that reduces pain without curing the cause of the pain formal something that makes a problem seem less serious but does not solve the problem or make it disappear: We want long-term solutions, not short-term palliatives.
palliative
adjective uk   us   specialized
palliative care
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