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demulcent

adjective de·mul·cent \ di-ˈməl-sənt \

Definition of demulcent

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Demulcent derives from the Latin verb demulcēre, meaning "to soothe." Demulcēre in turn comes from a combination of the prefix de- and mulcēre, an earlier verb that also means "to soothe." As an adjective, demulcent often applies to the soothing nature of some medicines, but you can also use it to describe such things as a soothing voice or a soothing demeanor. The noun demulcent is used for a gelatinous or oily substance that is capable of soothing inflamed or abraded mucous membranes and protecting them from further irritation.

Origin and Etymology of demulcent

Latin demulcent-, demulcens, present participle of demulcēre to soothe, from de- + mulcēre to soothe


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demulcent

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Definition of demulcent

: a usually mucilaginous or oily substance (such as tragacanth) that can soothe or protect an abraded mucous membrane

First Known Use of demulcent

1732

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demulcent

adjective de·mul·cent \ di-ˈməl-sᵊnt \

medical Definition of demulcent

: tending to soothe or soften
  • demulcent expectorants which give a protective coating to the throat
  • Therapeutic Notes

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demulcent

noun

medical Definition of demulcent

: a usually mucilaginous or oily substance (as tragacanth) capable of soothing or protecting an abraded mucous membrane

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