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fomentation

[foh-men-tey-shuh n] /ˌfoʊ mɛnˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
encouragement of discord, rebellion, etc.; instigation.
2.
the application of warm liquid, ointments, etc., to the surface of the body.
3.
the liquid, ointments, etc., so applied.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin fōmentātiōn- (stem of fōmentātiō), equivalent to fōmentāt(us) (past participle of fōmentāre to foment) + -iōn- -ion
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Word Origin and History for fomentation
n.

c.1400, from Late Latin fomentationem, noun of action from past participle stem of fomentare, from Latin fomentum (see foment).

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fomentation in Medicine

fomentation fo·men·ta·tion (fō'mən-tā'shən, -měn-)
n.

  1. A substance or material used as a warm, moist medicinal compress; a poultice.

  2. The therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, as to relieve pain.

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