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

poultice

2 of 2

verb

poulticed; poulticing

transitive verb

: to apply a poultice to

Examples of poultice in a Sentence

Noun placed a poultice over the infected cut
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
If the court’s decision on Monday ripped off this wartime poultice, displaying anew the cultural war at the heart of Israeli politics, Mr. Netanyahu and his government responded by appealing again to wartime unity to try to downplay their loss. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2024 And there's this one man who still will grind your poultices and grains. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Dec. 2023 Applying a poultice first would be safest but probably not critical. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The poultice dissolves the oil, then lifts it to the surface as the product dries. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Rosen learned about poultices as a child, from his grandmother. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 On a cruise to Europe, a massage attendant extolled the virtues of body brushes, massage oils, and poultices. Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Aug. 2023 With a plastic putty knife, spread the poultice about a quarter-inch thick over the stained area, including about an inch beyond the borders. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 Your best bet is a poultice — a highly absorbent powder mixed with liquid suited to the stain. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 14 July 2023
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 20 Feb. 2024.

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

2 of 2 transitive verb
poulticed; poulticing
: to apply a poultice to

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