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[pohl-tis] /ˈpoʊl tɪs/
a soft, moist mass of cloth, bread, meal, herbs, etc., applied hot as a medicament to the body.
verb (used with object), poulticed, poulticing.
to apply a poultice to.
Origin of poultice
1535-45; earlier pultes, plural (taken as singular) of Latin puls (stem pult-) thick pap. See pulse2
Related forms
unpoulticed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for poultice
  • Straighten out your nose and let's get back to the poultice.
  • The bark, leaves and twigs can be made into a cough remedy and a poultice.
  • According to the description my saddle is the poultice which has made it possible for me to go to sleep.
  • She would have known which leaves to mash to make a soothing poultice.
  • They are either eaten or made into a tea, decoction, or poultice.
  • The mashed root, moistened with water, was used as a poultice to reduce swellings.
  • They also make a poultice of steamed branches and apply it to bruises and sores.
  • Fresh leaf or a poultice of fresh or dried flowers was applied to ant bites.
  • There are some accounts of the root being powdered and used as a poultice.
  • The slippery inner layer has been used to treat coughs, sore throats and as a poultice for sores.
British Dictionary definitions for poultice


(med) Also called cataplasm. a local moist and often heated application for the skin consisting of substances such as kaolin, linseed, or mustard, used to improve the circulation, treat inflamed areas, etc
(Austral, slang) a large sum of money, esp a debt
Word Origin
C16: from earlier pultes, from Latin puls a thick porridge
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Word Origin and History for poultice

16c. alteration of Middle English pultes (late 14c.), ultimately from Latin pultes, plural of puls "porridge" (see pulse (n.2)).

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poultice in Medicine

poultice poul·tice (pōl'tĭs)
A soft moist adhesive mass, as of meal or clay, that is usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body. Also called cataplasm.

poul'tice v.
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