variants or less commonly diachylum
plural diachylons also diachyla
: a plaster that is made of litharge and either olive oil or olive oil and lard and hence consists essentially of lead oleate and small amounts of glycerin and oleic acid and that is used for excoriated surfaces and wounds and as an adhesive

Word History


diachylon from Middle English diaquilon, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin diachylon, a kind of medicine, from Greek, neuter of diachylos juicy, from dia- + chylos juice; diachylum, New Latin, alteration of Medieval Latin diaquilon

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“Diachylon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diachylon. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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