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tincture

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noun tinc·ture \ˈtiŋ(k)-chər\

Simple Definition of tincture

  • : a medicine that is made of a drug mixed with alcohol

Full Definition of tincture

  1. 1a archaic :  a substance that colors, dyes, or stainsb :  color, tint

  2. 2a :  a characteristic quality :  castb :  a slight admixture :  trace <a tincture of doubt>

  3. 3 obsolete :  an active principle or extract

  4. 4 :  a heraldic metal, color, or fur

  5. 5 :  a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent

Examples of tincture

  1. <a ragged shirt that seemed to be stained with the tincture of blood>



Origin of tincture

Middle English, from Latin tinctura act of dyeing, from tinctus, past participle of tingere to tinge


First Known Use: 14th century


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tincture

transitive verb tinc·ture

Definition of tincture

tinc·turedtinc·tur·ing play \ˈtiŋ(k)-chə-riŋ, -shriŋ\

  1. 1 :  to tint or stain with a color :  tinge

  2. 2a :  to infuse or instill with a property or entity :  impregnateb :  to imbue with a quality :  affect <writing tinctured with wit and wisdom>



Examples of tincture

  1. <clouds tinctured by the rays of the setting sun>



1616

First Known Use of tincture

1616


Medical Dictionary

tincture

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noun tinc·ture \ˈtiŋ(k)-chər\

Medical Definition of tincture

  1. :  a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic or hydroalcoholic menstruum—compare liquor b





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