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Demulcent derives from the Latin verb demulcēre, meaning "to soothe." Demulcēre in turn comes from a combination of the prefix de- and mulcēre, an earlier verb that also means "to soothe." As an adjective, demulcent often applies to the soothing nature of some medicines, but you can also use it to describe such things as a soothing voice or a soothing demeanor. The noun demulcent is used for a gelatinous or oily substance that is capable of soothing inflamed or abraded mucous membranes and protecting them from further irritation.
Origin of demulcent
Latin demulcent-, demulcens, present participle of demulcēre to soothe, from de- + mulcēre to soothe
First Known Use: 1732
Rhymes with demulcent
Definition of demulcent
: a usually mucilaginous or oily substance (as tragacanth) that can soothe or protect an abraded mucous membrane
First Known Use of demulcent
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