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demulcent

[dih-muhl-suh nt] /dɪˈmʌl sənt/
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
1725-1735
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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  • Medically, it is used as a demulcent to soothe irritations, particularly of the mucous membranes.
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demulcent

/dɪˈmʌlsənt/
adjective
1.
soothing; mollifying
noun
2.
a drug or agent that soothes the irritation of inflamed or injured skin surfaces
Word Origin
C18: from Latin dēmulcēre to caress soothingly, from de- + mulcēre to stroke
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Word Origin and History for demulcent
adj.

1732, from Latin demulcentem (nominative demulcens), present participle of demulcere "to stroke down, soothingly pet," from de- (see de-) + mulcere "to soothe."

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demulcent in Medicine

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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