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[ pohl-tis ]
/ ˈpoʊl tɪs /


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.

Nearby words

poult, poult-de-soie, poulter, poulter's measure, poulterer, poultice, poultry, poultryman, pounce, pouncet box, pound

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for poulticed


/ (ˈpəʊltɪs) /


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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for poulticed


[ pōltĭs ]


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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