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demulcent


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demulcent  \De*mul"cent\,  a.  [L.  demulcens,  p.  pr  of  demulcere.] 
  Softening;  mollifying;  soothing;  assuasive;  as  oil  is 
  demulcent. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demulcent  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demulcent 
  adj  :  having  a  softening  or  soothing  effect  especially  to  the  skin 
  [syn:  {emollient},  {salving},  {softening}] 
  n  :  soothes  inflamed  mucous  membrane 




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