di·​ach·​y·​lon | \ dīˈakəˌlän, -ələn \
variants: or less commonly diachylum \ -​ələm \
plural diachylons also diachyla\ -​ələ \

Definition of diachylon

: 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

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History and Etymology for diachylon

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 4 Aug. 2020.

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