a soft, moist mass of cloth, bread, meal, herbs, etc., applied hot as a medicament to the body.

verb (used with object), poul·ticed, poul·tic·ing.

to apply a poultice to.

Origin of poultice

1535–45; earlier pultes, plural (taken as singular) of Latin puls (stem pult-) thick pap. See pulse2
Related formsun·poul·ticed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for poulticed

Historical Examples of poulticed

  • It can neither be poulticed nor cured, it must be interred and a new one born.


    J. K. Huysmans

  • The poulticed gentleman had indiscreetly left a light in his room, and this lured the lady from her path.


    Andrew Adderup

  • "The gre't lamp's all full," said the Widder, warming her apron and pressing it to her poulticed face.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • He said, "I poulticed my shoulders for three weeks, and they began to get soft, so I stopped doing it."

  • The foot should now be placed in a warm bath for half an hour or longer and then poulticed.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for poulticed



Also called: cataplasm med a local moist and often heated application for the skin consisting of substances such as kaolin, linseed, or mustard, used to improve the circulation, treat inflamed areas, etc
Australian slang a large sum of money, esp a debt

Word Origin for poultice

C16: from earlier pultes, from Latin puls a thick porridge
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Word Origin and History for poulticed



16c. alteration of Middle English pultes (late 14c.), ultimately from Latin pultes, plural of puls "porridge" (see pulse (n.2)).

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poulticed in Medicine




A soft moist adhesive mass, as of meal or clay, that is usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body.cataplasm
Related formspoultice v.
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