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[pohl-tis] /ˈpoʊl tɪs/
a soft, moist mass of cloth, bread, meal, herbs, etc., applied hot as a medicament to the body.
verb (used with object), poulticed, poulticing.
to apply a poultice to.
Origin of poultice
1535-45; earlier pultes, plural (taken as singular) of Latin puls (stem pult-) thick pap. See pulse2
Related forms
unpoulticed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for poulticed
Historical Examples
  • It can neither be poulticed nor cured, it must be interred and a new one born.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • The poulticed gentleman had indiscreetly left a light in his room, and this lured the lady from her path.

    Lincolniana Andrew Adderup
  • "The gre't lamp's all full," said the Widder, warming her apron and pressing it to her poulticed face.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • He said, "I poulticed my shoulders for three weeks, and they began to get soft, so I stopped doing it."

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • The foot should now be placed in a warm bath for half an hour or longer and then poulticed.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • The foot is now to be poulticed for a day or two, or until the lameness and suppuration have ceased.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • The nurse was fetched; the doctor was sent for; her hand was poulticed, and long before her usual time she was put to bed.

    The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald
  • I was again inspected about this time by a stranger doctor, and immediately after he left, my leg was lanced and poulticed.

    Six Years in the Prisons of England A Merchant - Anonymous
  • He was put under the influence of opium, the wound was poulticed, and perfect rest enjoined.

  • After crouching cramped and benumbed in the canoe, poulticed in wet or damp clothing night and day, my limbs had been asleep.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
British Dictionary definitions for poulticed


(med) Also called cataplasm. a local moist and often heated application for the skin consisting of substances such as kaolin, linseed, or mustard, used to improve the circulation, treat inflamed areas, etc
(Austral, slang) a large sum of money, esp a debt
Word Origin
C16: from earlier pultes, from Latin puls a thick porridge
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Word Origin and History for poulticed



16c. alteration of Middle English pultes (late 14c.), ultimately from Latin pultes, plural of puls "porridge" (see pulse (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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poulticed in Medicine

poultice poul·tice (pōl'tĭs)
A soft moist adhesive mass, as of meal or clay, that is usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body. Also called cataplasm.

poul'tice v.
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