- Pharmacology. an unctuous, often medicated, preparation for external application, consisting of lard or oil mixed with wax, rosin, or the like, especially one that has a firmer consistency than a typical ointment and does not melt when in contact with the skin.
- Also cerated. Ornithology. having a cere.
Origin of cerate
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cērātum, neuter of cērātus (past participle of cērāre to cover or smear with wax), equivalent to cēr(a) wax + -ātus -ate1; compare Greek kērōtḗn in same sense
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Examples from the Web for cerate
Bill short, stout, cerate; upper mandible with the tip elongated and decurved; lower mandible rounded and thin-edged at the end.A Synopsis of the Birds of North America
John James Audubon
Lint is used for dressing ulcers, either alone or smeared with some suitable ointment or cerate.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
I distributed some Turner's cerate to the women, but left Fraser to superintend its application.
For corns between the toes, add to the cerate a little soft, open white wool, such as you may pick off the surface of a blanket.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
This name has also been given to compound cerate of lead, and even to cerate of acetate of lead.
- a hard ointment or medicated paste consisting of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
C16: from Latin cērātum, from cēra wax
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