fomentation

fomentation

[foh-men-tey-shuhn]
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; Middle English < Late Latin fōmentātiōn- (stem of fōmentātiō), equivalent to fōmentāt(us) (past participle of fōmentāre to foment) + -iōn- -ion

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foment (fəˈmɛnt)
 
vb
1.  to encourage or instigate (trouble, discord, etc); stir up
2.  med to apply heat and moisture to (a part of the body) to relieve pain and inflammation
 
[C15: from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum a poultice, ultimately from fovēre to foster]
 
usage  Both foment and ferment can be used to talk about stirring up trouble: he was accused of fomenting/fermenting unrest. Only ferment can be used intransitively or as a noun: his anger continued to ferment (not foment); rural areas were unaffected by the ferment in the cities
 
fomentation
 
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fo'menter
 
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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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