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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Definitions for demulcent

  1. Soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance.
  2. A demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous, as for soothing or protecting an irritated mucous membrane.

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Citations for demulcent
It will do you no harm to keep close, drink nothing but demulcent barley-water and eat gruel, thin gruel—no beef or mutton, no wine or spirits. Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander
She knew where sour grass grew, which you chew for dyspepsy, and mint, excellent for the nau-shy, and the slippery elm, whose fragrant inner bark was the favorite demulcent of a hundred years ago—the thing to use for raw throat and other sore tishas. James Thurber, Writings and Drawings
Origin of demulcent
Demulcent comes from the Latin word dēmulcere which meant "to soften."