- 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
Related Words for demulcenttepid, delicate, peaceful, sunny, balmy, breezy, benign, warm, weak, calm, smooth, bland, mellow, moderate, soft, cool, balm, ointment, cosmetic, salve
Examples from the Web for demulcent
Historical Examples of demulcent
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
Word Origin for demulcent
Word Origin and History for demulcent
- 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.