poultice

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noun

poul·​tice ˈpōl-təs How to pronounce poultice (audio)
: a soft usually heated and sometimes medicated mass spread on cloth and applied to sores or other lesions

poultice

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verb

poulticed; poulticing

transitive verb

: to apply a poultice to

Example Sentences

Noun placed a poultice over the infected cut
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
If the stains look lighter but aren’t gone, repeat the poultice procedure. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 If there's still some residual tarnish, repeat the poultice treatment. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 16 Feb. 2022 In that case, Forguson recommends applying a broad-spectrum poultice. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 And Bachelor in Paradise is a 17th-century doctor applying a poultice of herbs to revitalize my HOT GOSS humor. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Ancient Greeks and Romans ground it into a poultice to relieve back pain and menstrual cramps. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2021 Lister and his disciples mostly developed and spread antisepsis through benign breaches of expectation—applying an untested acidic poultice here, treating an otherwise terminal patient without informing them there. Matt Beane, Wired, 8 June 2020 Choctaws used a poultice of its leaves for headaches. Popular Science, 28 Mar. 2020 Choctaws used a poultice of its leaves for headaches. Popular Science, 28 Mar. 2020
Verb
Actually, Sister, in my experience poulticing isn’t much help in these chest cases. Emma Donoghue, The Atlantic, 12 May 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poultice was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Poultice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poultice. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

poultice

noun

poul·​tice
ˈpōl-təs
: a soft usually heated mass that often contains medicine, is spread on cloth, and is applied especially to sores

Medical Definition

poultice 1 of 2

noun

poul·​tice ˈpōl-təs How to pronounce poultice (audio)
: 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

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transitive verb

poulticed; poulticing
: to apply a poultice to

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