poultice

noun
poul·​tice | \ˈpōl-təs \

Definition of poultice 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft usually heated and sometimes medicated mass spread on cloth and applied to sores or other lesions

poultice

verb
poulticed; poulticing

Definition of poultice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to apply a poultice to

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Synonyms for poultice

Synonyms: Noun

cataplasm, dressing, plaster

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Examples of poultice in a Sentence

Noun

placed a poultice over the infected cut

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dunlavy said the horse is being treated with a poultice, a warm soothing material, and soaked in warm water. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Justify still responding well, will gallop Thursday morning at Churchill Downs," 9 May 2018 And at the Amantaka in Laos, the Baci Ceremony kicks off with traditional Lao chanting, followed by exfoliation, massage, and a hot poultice treatment incorporating indigenous herbs. Victoria Veilleux, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Out-There Spa Treatments of 2018, and Where to Get Them," 24 Jan. 2018 Nance offers Nóra a series of potions and poultices to take the fairy out of young Micheál, but nothing works. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Bad things happen to 'Good People' in Hannah Kent's eerie novel," 19 Sep. 2017 In the Smithsonian’s museum of Asian arts, conservation is a rarefied world of badger-hair brushes and irradiated silks, poultices and pastes, scalpels and solvents. Victoria Dawson, Smithsonian, "Conservation of a Pair of Saint-Gaudens Goes al Fresco at the Freer," 18 July 2017 In the Smithsonian’s museum of Asian arts, conservation is a rarefied world of badger-hair brushes and irradiated silks, poultices and pastes, scalpels and solvents. Victoria Dawson, Smithsonian, "Conservation of a Pair of Saint-Gaudens Goes al Fresco at the Freer," 18 July 2017 Less is known about the plant’s fruit, which was used traditionally as topical poultices for infected wounds and ulcers. Lena H. Sun, The Denver Post, "Common weed from Brazil could help fight deadly superbug, study finds," 12 Feb. 2017 Prompt application of an ice-pack and a baking soda poultice, as well as meat tenderizer, calamine lotion, aloe or any other favorite sting treating remedies can help reduce pain and swelling. NOLA.com, "Ouch! 4 common stinging caterpillars in Louisiana and how to avoid them," 23 June 2017 Professional cleaning involves applying a poultice that pulls out the oil, and then the surface is resealed. Seal Team One, The Seattle Times, "Restore or replace natural stone?," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of poultice

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1644, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poultice

Noun

Middle English pultes, from Medieval Latin, literally, pap, from Latin, plural of pult-, puls porridge

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poultice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of poultice

: a soft, usually heated substance that is spread on cloth and then placed on the skin to heal a sore or reduce pain

poultice

noun
poul·​tice | \ˈpōl-təs \

Kids Definition of poultice

: a soft and heated preparation usually containing medicine that is spread on cloth and placed on the skin to heal a sore or relieve pain

poultice

noun
poul·​tice | \ˈpōl-təs \

Medical Definition of poultice 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft usually heated and sometimes medicated mass spread on cloth and applied to sores or other lesions to supply moist warmth, relieve pain, or act as a counterirritant or antiseptic

called also cataplasm

poultice

transitive verb
poulticed; poulticing

Medical Definition of poultice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to apply a poultice to

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