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diachylon

[dahy-ak-uh-lon]
noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. an adhesive plaster consisting chiefly of litharge and oil, used in the treatment of wounds and excoriations.
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Also di·ach·y·lum [dahy-ak-uh-luh m] /daɪˈæk ə ləm/.

Origin of diachylon

1275–1325; < Latin < Greek diáchylōn (something) made of juices, equivalent to dia- dia- + chylós juice (also Latinized as diachȳlum whence E spelling with -um); replacing Middle English diaculon < Medieval Latin, and Middle English diaquilon < Middle French, both < Late Latin diachȳlōn
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Examples from the Web for diachylon

Historical Examples

  • Did a bull gore a man, Mr Cophagus appeared with his diachylon and lint.

    Japhet in Search of a Father

    Frederick Marryat

  • The diachylon can be purchased in lump form of any druggist.

    The Art of Amusing

    Frank Bellew

  • Diachylon, or lead-plaster, is largely used as an abortifacient.

  • Slice of bread prepared with diachylon or hooked pins to stick to Mr. Bullywingle's coat-tail.

    The Art of Amusing

    Frank Bellew

  • “There, I think that will do now, with a strip or two of plaster which I have here,” producing some diachylon from a pocket-book.

    Picked up at Sea

    J.C. Hutcheson