palliation

Patients with terminal diseases usually need palliation. It's a kind of care that makes you feel better, even though it can't cure you.

The noun palliation is used by doctors, nurses, or hospice workers who try to make their patients more comfortable, often because their illnesses are incurable. You can also use the word to talk about anything that eases someone's pain or anxiety, like a funny movie that distracts your grandmother from her worries. The Latin root word is palliat, or "cloaked," and palliation does in a sense cloak or mask a person's pain.

Definitions of palliation
  1. noun
    easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
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    type of:
    alleviation, easement, easing, relief
    the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
  2. noun
    to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
    synonyms: extenuation, mitigation
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    type of:
    decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    the act of decreasing or reducing something
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