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Meaning of DEMULCENT

Pronunciation:  di'mulsunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin
  2. [adj]  having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

DEMULCENT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: emollient, salving, soft, softening
 See Also: medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*mul"cent\, a. [L. demulcens, p. pr. of demulcere.]
    Softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive; as, oil is
  2. \De*mul"cent\, n. (Med.)
    A substance, usually of a mucilaginous or oily nature,
    supposed to be capable of soothing an inflamed nervous
    membrane, or protecting it from irritation. Gum Arabic,
    glycerin, olive oil, etc., are demulcents.
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