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palliative

noun
     
Related topics: Hospital
pal‧li‧a‧tive [countable]
1 formal something done to make a bad situation seem better, but which does not solve the problem:
short-term economic palliatives
2MH medical a medical treatment that will not cure an illness but will reduce the pain
palliative adjective [usually before noun]
palliative care

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