[ plas-ter, plah-ster ]
/ ˈplæs tər, ˈplɑ stər /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. plasmoschisis,
  2. plasmosome,
  3. plasmotropic,
  4. plasmotropism,
  5. plassey,
  6. plaster bandage,
  7. plaster cast,
  8. plaster of paris,
  9. plasterboard,
  10. plastered

Origin of plaster

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Medieval Latin plastrum plaster (both medical and building senses), aphetic variant of Latin emplastrum < Greek émplastron salve, alteration of émplaston, neuter of émplastos daubed; see em-2, -plast

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British Dictionary definitions for plaster


/ (ˈplɑːstə) /



Derived Formsplasterer, nounplastery, adjective

Word Origin for plaster

Old English, from Medieval Latin plastrum medicinal salve, building plaster, via Latin from Greek emplastron curative dressing, from em- + plassein to form

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Word Origin and History for plaster
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for plaster


[ plăstər ]


Plaster of Paris.
A pastelike mixture applied to a part of the body for healing or cosmetic purposes.

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