Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Word of the Day

  • Main Entry: pal·li·ate
  • Pronunciation: \ˈpa-lē-ˌāt\
  • Function: transitive verb

1 : to reduce the violence of (a disease); also : to ease (symptoms) without curing the underlying disease
2 :
3 : to moderate the intensity of

pal·li·a·tion \ˌpa-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun

pal·li·a·tor \ˈpa-lē-ˌā-tər\ noun

Recently used: Side effects of radiation treatment were explained in detail to this patient. The patient understands this is for palliation.

NOTE: I wish they would get the dang machine fixed so we can get on with the palliation!

1 comment:

Mary said...

Ahh -- palliate! Why ISN'T that dang machine fixed???