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Demulcent definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEMULCENT, a. [L. To stroke, to soften; allied perhaps to mollis, mellow.] Softening; mollifying; lenient; as, oil is demulcent.
DEMULCENT, n. Any medicine which lessens acrimony, or the effects of stimulus on the solids; that which softens or mollifies; as gums, roots of marsh-mallows, and other mucilaginous substances.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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1: having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin [syn: demulcent, emollient, salving, softening] n
1: a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Latin demulcent-, demulcens, present participle of demulc?re to soothe, from de- + mulc?re to soothe Date: 1732 soothing II. noun Date: 1732 a usually mucilaginous or oily substance (as tragacanth) that can soothe or protect an abraded mucous membrane

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. soothing. --n. an agent that forms a protective film soothing irritation or inflammation in the mouth. Etymology: L demulcere (as DE-, mulcere soothe)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Demulcent De*mul"cent, a. [L. demulcens, p. pr. of demulcere.] Softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive; as, oil is demulcent.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Demulcent De*mul"cent, n. (Med.) A substance, usually of a mucilaginous or oily nature, supposed to be capable of soothing an inflamed nervous membrane, or protecting it from irritation. Gum Arabic, glycerin, olive oil, etc., are demulcents.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Mild, soothing, lenitive, emollient, sedative.

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alleviating, alleviative, analgesic, anesthetic, anodyne, assuasive, balm, balmy, balsam, balsamic, benumbing, brilliantine, calmant, calmative, cathartic, cerate, chrism, cleansing, cold cream, collyrium, cream, deadening, dulling, easing, embrocation, emollient, eye-lotion, eyewash, eyewater, face cream, hand lotion, inunction, inunctum, lanolin, lenitive, liniment, loosening, lotion, mitigating, mitigative, mollifying, nard, numbing, oil, ointment, pain-killing, palliative, pomade, pomatum, purgative, relaxing, relieving, remedial, salve, sedative, softening, soothing, soothing syrup, spikenard, subduing, unction, unguent, unguentum, vulnerary



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