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vulnerary

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adjective vul·ner·ary \ˈvəl-nə-ˌrer-ē\

Definition of vulnerary

  1. :  used for or useful in healing wounds <vulnerary plants>



Did You Know?

In Latin, vulnus means "wound." You might think, then, that the English adjective "vulnerary" would mean "wounding" or "causing a wound" - and, indeed, "vulnerary" has been used that way, along with two obsolete adjectives, "vulnerative" and "vulnific." But for the lasting and current use of "vulnerary," we took our cue from the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder. In his Natural History, he used the Latin adjective vulnerarius to describe a plaster, or dressing, for healing wounds. And that's fine - the suffix -ary merely indicates that there is a connection, which, in this case, is to wounds. (As you may have already suspected, "vulnerable" is related; it comes from the Latin verb vulnerare, which means "to wound.")

Origin of vulnerary

Latin vulnerarius, from vulner-, vulnus


First Known Use: 1599

Rhymes with vulnerary

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vulnerary

noun vul·ner·ary

Definition of vulnerary

plural vulneraries

  1. :  a vulnerary remedy



1601

First Known Use of vulnerary

1601


Learn More about vulnerary

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "vulnerary"


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