demulcent

[dih-muhl-suhnt]
adjective
1.
soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance.
noun
2.
a demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous, as for soothing or protecting an irritated mucous membrane.

Origin:
1725–35; < Latin dēmulcent- (stem of dēmulcēns, present participle of dēmulcere to stroke down, soften), equivalent to dē- de- + mulc(ere) to soothe + -ent- -ent

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demulcent (dɪˈmʌlsənt)
 
adj
1.  soothing; mollifying
 
n
2.  a drug or agent that soothes the irritation of inflamed or injured skin surfaces
 
[C18: from Latin dēmulcēre to caress soothingly, from de- + mulcēre to stroke]

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demulcent
1732, from L. demulcentem, prp. of demulcere "to stroke down, soothingly pet," from de- + mulcere "to soothe."
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demulcent de·mul·cent (dĭ-mŭl'sənt)
adj.
Relieving irritation; soothing. n.
A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.

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Medically, it is used as a demulcent to soothe irritations, particularly of the mucous membranes.
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