cat·​a·​plasm ˈka-tə-ˌpla-zəm How to pronounce cataplasm (audio)

Examples of cataplasm in a Sentence

the doctor ordered the placement of a cataplasm on the wound until it closed up

Word History


Middle French cataplasme, from Latin cataplasma, from Greek kataplasma, from kataplassein to plaster over, from kata- + plassein to mold — more at plaster

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cataplasm was circa 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Cataplasm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


cat·​a·​plasm ˈkat-ə-ˌplaz-əm How to pronounce cataplasm (audio)
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