- to moisten and rub with a liniment or lotion.
Origin of embrocate
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- (tr) to apply a liniment or lotion to (a part of the body)
C17: from Medieval Latin embrocāre, from embrocha poultice, from Greek embrokhē lotion, infusion, from brokhē a moistening
Word Origin and History for embrocate
1610s, from Medieval Latin embrocatus, past participle of embrocare, from Greek embrokhe "lotion, fomentation," from embrekhein, from en (see en- (2)) + brekhein "to water, wet," related to brokhe. Related: Embrocated; embrocating.
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