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fomentation

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noun fo·men·ta·tion \ˌfō-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Definition of fomentation

  1. 1 a :  the application of hot moist substances to the body to ease pain b :  the material so applied

  2. 2 :  the act of fomenting :  instigation



14th Century

First Known Use of fomentation

14th century


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fomentation

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noun fo·men·ta·tion \ˌfō-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Medical Definition of fomentation

  1. 1:  the application of hot moist substances to the body to ease pain

  2. 2:  the material applied in fomentation :  poultice




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