[ dih-muhl-suh nt ]
/ dɪˈmʌl sənt /


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

1725–35; < Latin dēmulcent- (stem of dēmulcēns, present participle of dēmulcere to stroke down, soften), equivalent to dē- de- + mulc(ere) to soothe + -ent- -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for demulcent

/ (dɪˈmʌlsənt) /


soothing; mollifying


a drug or agent that soothes the irritation of inflamed or injured skin surfaces

Word Origin for demulcent

C18: from Latin dēmulcēre to caress soothingly, from de- + mulcēre to stroke
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Medicine definitions for demulcent

[ dĭ-mŭlsənt ]


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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