friar's balsam


fri·​ar's bal·​sam ˌfrī(-ə)rz- How to pronounce friar's balsam (audio)
: an alcoholic solution containing essentially benzoin, storax, balsam of Tolu, and aloes that is applied topically to the skin (as to relieve irritation) and after addition to hot water as an inhalant with expectorant activity

called also compound benzoin tincture

Dictionary Entries Near friar's balsam

Cite this Entry

“Friar's balsam.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!