poultice

poultice
A soft magma or mush prepared by wetting various powders or other absorbent substances with oily or watery fluids, sometimes medicated, and usually applied hot to the surface; it exerts an emollient, relaxing, or stimulant, counterirritant effect upon the skin and underlying tissues. SYN: cataplasm. [L. puls (pult-), a thick pap; G. poltos]

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poul·tice 'pōl-təs n a soft usu. heated and sometimes medicated mass spread on cloth and applied to sores or other lesions to supply moist warmth, relieve pain, or act as a counterirritant or antiseptic called also cataplasm
poultice vt, -ticed; -tic·ing to apply a poultice to

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n.
a preparation of hot moist material applied to any part of the body to increase local circulation, alleviate pain, or soften the skin to allow matter to be expressed from a boil. Poultices containing kaolin retain heat for a considerable period during use.

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poul·tice (pōlґtis) [L. puls pap; Gr. kataplasma] a soft, moist mass about the consistency of cooked cereal, spread between layers of muslin, linen, gauze, or towels and applied hot to a given area in order to create moist local heat or counterirritation.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Poultice — Poul tice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poulticed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Poulticing}.] To apply a poultice to; to dress with a poultice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poultice — Poul tice, n. [L. puls, pl. pultes, a thick pap; akin to Gr. po ltos. Cf. {Pulse} seeds.] A soft composition, as of bread, bran, or a mucilaginous substance, to be applied to sores, inflamed parts of the body, etc.; a cataplasm. Poultice relaxeth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poultice — ► NOUN ▪ a soft moist mass of flour, plant material, etc., applied to the skin to relieve inflammation. ► VERB ▪ apply a poultice to. ORIGIN from Latin puls pottage, pap …   English terms dictionary

  • poultice — [pōl′tis] n. [earlier pultes < ML, thick pap, orig. pl. of L puls: see PULSE2] a hot, soft, moist mass, as of flour, herbs, mustard, etc., sometimes spread on cloth, applied to a sore or inflamed part of the body vt. poulticed, poulticing to… …   English World dictionary

  • poultice — index drug Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • poultice — 1540s, alteration of M.E. pultes, from L. pultes, pl. of puls porridge (see PULSE (Cf. pulse) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Poultice — A poultice, also called cataplasm, is a soft moist mass, often heated and medicated, that is spread on cloth over the skin to treat an aching, inflamed, or painful part of the body. It can also be a porous solid filled with solvent used to remove …   Wikipedia

  • poultice — n. to apply a poultice * * * [ pəʊltɪs] to apply a poultice …   Combinatory dictionary

  • poultice — UK [ˈpəʊltɪs] / US [ˈpoʊltɪs] noun [countable] Word forms poultice : singular poultice plural poultices a soft wet substance that you put on an injury or painful part of someone s body …   English dictionary

  • poultice — /ˈpoʊltəs / (say pohltuhs) noun 1. a soft, moist mass of some substance, as bread, meal, linseed, herbage, etc., often heated, applied as a medicament to the body. 2. Colloquial a large amount: he has a poultice of money. 3. Colloquial a mortgage …   Australian-English dictionary

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