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A hard, unctuous, fat- or wax-based solid, sometimes medicated, formerly applied to the skin directly or on dressings.

[Latin cērātum, from cērātus, past participle of cērāre, to cover with wax, from cēra, wax; akin to Greek kēros.]


(ˈsɪərɪt; -reɪt)
(Pharmacology) a hard ointment or medicated paste consisting of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
[C16: from Latin cērātum, from cēra wax]


(ˈsɪər eɪt)

an unctuous, often medicated, preparation for external application, consisting of lard or oil mixed with wax, rosin, or the like.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cērātum, neuter of cērātus, past participle of cērāre to cover or smear with wax, derivative of cēra wax]


a thick ointment composed of fat, wax, and other ingredients, applied externally to cure various diseases.
See also: Remedies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cerate - a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
camphor ice - a cerate made of camphor and wax and spermaceti and castor oil
ointment, salve, unguent, balm, unction - semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
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