mou·​lage mü-ˈläzh How to pronounce moulage (audio)
: an impression or cast made for use especially as evidence in a criminal investigation
: the taking of an impression for use as evidence in a criminal investigation

Examples of moulage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has medical illustrators skilled in moulage. John Kelly, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 An example of a wax moulage. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2015 Megan Stillwell, Klein High School junior, put the moulage makeup on each participant in the bus. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2020 That's why all the prep work happens through a gate from the employee parking lot, where a pair of moulage artists pull latex wounds from ziplock bags and fix them to various body parts with plenty of adhesive. Jack Stewart, WIRED, 16 Mar. 2018

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Word History


French, molding, from Middle French, from mouler to mold, from Old French modle mold — more at mold entry 1

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of moulage was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Moulage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


mou·​lage mü-ˈläzh How to pronounce moulage (audio)
: a mold of a lesion or defect used as a guide in applying medical treatment (as in radiotherapy) or in performing reconstructive surgery especially on the face
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