cure

A cure is a treatment that ends an illness or makes you feel better. There is no cure for the common cold, or for a broken heart. Waaaaa.

Many researchers focus on finding cures for diseases like cancer and diabetes — while it is possible to recover from incurable illnesses, it's not possible to cure them. You could also say, "This Florida winter is going to cure me of missing Minnesota!" When someone cures meat or fish, they smoke or salt it to preserve it. The Latin root is curare, "take care of."

Definitions of cure
  1. noun
    a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieves pain
    synonyms: curative, remedy, therapeutic
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    acoustic
    a remedy for hearing loss or deafness
    antidote, counterpoison
    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
    emetic, nauseant, vomit, vomitive
    a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting
    lenitive
    remedy that eases pain and discomfort
    application, lotion
    liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
    magic bullet
    a remedy (drug or therapy or preventive) that cures or prevents a disease
    balm, ointment, salve, unction, unguent
    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
    alleviant, alleviator, palliative
    remedy that alleviates pain without curing
    catholicon, cure-all, nostrum, panacea
    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
    preventative, preventive, prophylactic
    remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
    arnica
    an ointment used in treating bruises
    atropine
    a poisonous crystalline alkaloid extracted from the nightshade family; used as an antispasmodic and to dilate the eye pupil; also administered in large amounts as an antidote for organophosphate nerve agents or organophosphate insecticides
    baby oil
    an ointment for babies
    balsam
    an ointment containing a fragrant resin
    black lotion, blackwash
    a mixture of calomel and limewater that is used on syphilitic sores
    calamine lotion
    a lotion consisting of a liquid preparation containing calamine; used to treat itching or mild skin irritations
    carron oil
    an ointment formerly used to treat burns
    cerate
    a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
    chrism, chrisom, holy oil, sacramental oil
    a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
    collyrium, eye-lotion, eyewash
    lotion consisting of a solution used as a cleanser for the eyes
    ipecac
    a medicinal drug used to evoke vomiting (especially in cases of drug overdose or poisoning)
    embrocation, liniment
    a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
    lip balm
    a balm applied to the lips
    menthol
    a lotion containing menthol which gives it the smell of mint
    mentholated salve
    a salve containing menthol
    mercurial ointment
    an ointment containing mercury
    dry mustard, powdered mustard
    a substance such that one to three tablespoons dissolved in a glass of warm water is a homemade emetic
    rubbing alcohol
    lotion consisting of a poisonous solution of isopropyl alcohol or denatured ethanol alcohol for external use
    witch hazel, wych hazel
    lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant
    zinc ointment
    an ointment containing zinc that is used to treat certain skin diseases
    elixir
    a substance believed to cure all ills
    obidoxime chloride
    a chloride used as an antidote for nerve gases such as sarin or VX
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    medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
    (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
  2. verb
    provide a cure for, make healthy again
    “The treatment cured the boy's acne”
    synonyms: bring around, heal
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    recuperate
    restore to good health or strength
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    aid, help
    improve the condition of
  3. verb
    be or become preserved
    “the apricots cure in the sun”
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  4. verb
    prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
    cure meats”
    cure pickles”
    cure hay”
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    dun
    cure by salting
    type of:
    keep, preserve
    prevent (food) from rotting
  5. verb
    make (substances) hard and improve their usability
    cure resin”
    cure cement”
    cure soap”
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    harden, indurate
    become hard or harder
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