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[em-broh-keyt, -bruh-] /ˈɛm broʊˌkeɪt, -brə-/
verb (used with object), embrocated, embrocating.
to moisten and rub with a liniment or lotion.
Origin of embrocate
1605-15; < Medieval Latin embrocātus (past participle of embrocāre), equivalent to Late Latin embroch(a) (< Greek embrochḗ infusion, equivalent to em- em-2 + brochḗ a making wet) + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for embrocate


(transitive) to apply a liniment or lotion to (a part of the body)
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin embrocāre, from embrocha poultice, from Greek embrokhē lotion, infusion, from brokhē a moistening
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Word Origin and History for embrocate

1610s, from Medieval Latin embrocatus, past participle of embrocare, from Greek embrokhe "lotion, fomentation," from embrekhein, from en (see en- (2)) + brekhein "to water, wet," related to brokhe. Related: Embrocated; embrocating.

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