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vulnerary

adjective vul·ner·ary \ ˈvəl-nə-ˌrer-ē \

Definition of vulnerary

:used for or useful in healing wounds
  • vulnerary plants

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In Latin, vulnus means "wound." You might think, then, that the English adjective vulnerary would mean "wounding" or "causing a wound"—and, indeed, vulnerary has been used that way, along with two obsolete adjectives, vulnerative and vulnific. But for the lasting and current use of vulnerary, we took our cue from the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder. In his Natural History, he used the Latin adjective vulnerarius to describe a plaster, or dressing, for healing wounds. And that's fine—the suffix -ary merely indicates that there is a connection, which, in this case, is to wounds. (As you may have already suspected, vulnerable is related; it comes from the Latin verb vulnerare, which means "to wound.")

Origin and Etymology of vulnerary

Latin vulnerarius, from vulner-, vulnus


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vulnerary

noun

Definition of vulnerary

plural vulneraries
:a vulnerary remedy

First Known Use of vulnerary

1601


Medical Dictionary

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vulnerary

adjective vul·ner·ary \ ˈvəl-nə-ˌrer-ē \

medical Definition of vulnerary

:used for or useful in healing wounds
  • vulnerary plants

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vulnerary

noun

medical Definition of vulnerary

plural vulneraries
:a vulnerary remedy

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