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Levigate comes from Latin levigatus, the past participle of the verb "levigare" ("to make smooth"). "Levigare" is derived in part from "levis," the Latin word for "smooth." "Alleviate" and "levity" can also be traced back to a Latin levis, and the "levi-" root in both words might suggest a close relationship with "levigate." This is not the case, however. The Latin levis that gives us "alleviate" and "levity" does not mean "smooth," but "light" (in the sense of having little weight). One possible relative of "levigate" in English is "oblivion," which comes from the Latin oblivisci ("to forget"), a word which may be a combination of "ob-" ("in the way") and the "levis" that means "smooth."
Medical Definition of levigate
: to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition <by first levigating the zinc oxide with a small amount of glycerin a smooth paste is obtained—Art of Compounding>
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