fomentation

[ foh-men-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌfoʊ mɛnˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

encouragement of discord, rebellion, etc.; instigation.
the application of warm liquid, ointments, etc., to the surface of the body.
the liquid, ointments, etc., so applied.

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Origin of fomentation

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin fōmentātiōn- (stem of fōmentātiō), equivalent to fōmentāt(us) (past participle of fōmentāre to foment) + -iōn- -ion

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Medical definitions for fomentation

fomentation
[ fō′mən-tāshən, -mĕn- ]

n.

A substance or material used as a warm, moist medicinal compress; a poultice.
The therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, as to relieve pain.
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