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Saturday, September 01, 2012

demulcent

\dih-MUHL-suhnt\ , adjective;
1.
Soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance.
noun:
1.
A demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous, as for soothing or protecting an irritated mucous membrane.
Quotes:
It will do you no harm to keep close, drink nothing but demulcent barley-water and eat gruel, thin gruel—no beef or mutton, no wine or spirits.
-- Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander
She knew where sour grass grew, which you chew for dyspepsy, and mint, excellent for the nau-shy, and the slippery elm, whose fragrant inner bark was the favorite demulcent of a hundred years ago—the thing to use for raw throat and other sore tishas.
-- James Thurber, Writings and Drawings
Origin:
Demulcent comes from the Latin word dēmulcere which meant "to soften."
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