- soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance.
- a demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous, as for soothing or protecting an irritated mucous membrane.
Origin of demulcent
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Demulcent and emollient; principally used for poultices and fomentations.Cattle and Their Diseases
It is little more than a demulcent, and in this country is not employed as a medicine.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees
Used in coughs as an anodyne and demulcent, in lieu of opium lozenges.
It is demulcent and emollient; chiefly used in ointments and cerates.
Uses, &c. Sweet almonds are nutritive, emollient, and demulcent; but frequently disagree with weak stomachs.
- soothing; mollifying
- a drug or agent that soothes the irritation of inflamed or injured skin surfaces
C18: from Latin dēmulcēre to caress soothingly, from de- + mulcēre to stroke
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Word Origin and History for demulcent
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- Relieving irritation; soothing.
- A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.
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