demulcent


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

de·mul·cent

 (dĭ-mŭl′sənt)
adj.
Serving to soothe or soften.
n.
A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.

[Latin dēmulcēns, dēmulcent-, present participle of dēmulcēre, to soften : dē-, de- + mulcēre, to stroke.]

demulcent

(dɪˈmʌlsənt)
adj
soothing; mollifying
n
(Pharmacology) a drug or agent that soothes the irritation of inflamed or injured skin surfaces
[C18: from Latin dēmulcēre to caress soothingly, from de- + mulcēre to stroke]

de•mul•cent

(dɪˈmʌl sənt)

adj.
1. soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance.
n.
2. a demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous.
[1725–35; < Latin dēmulcent-, s. of dēmulcēns, present participle of dēmulcēre to stroke, soothe =dē- de- + mulcēre to soothe]

demulcent

a medicine or other preparation that has a soothing or emollient influence on an inflamed area.
See also: Remedies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demulcent - a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
Adj.1.demulcent - having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
soft - yielding readily to pressure or weight
Translations

de·mul·cent

n. emoliente, demulcente, aceite u otro agente que suaviza y alivia molestias de la piel.
References in periodicals archive ?
However, the authoritative Martindale pharmacopoeia still lists honey as a demulcent, sweetener, and component of cough mixtures, a bacteriostatic gargle, and various tonics (Hamilton, Whitney, Sizer 1988:394, 412; Druyff 2002:385.
Soothing demulcent herbs such as Marshmallow root and Slippery Elm can be used in addition to Licorice, which has an additional anti-inflammatory effect.
Grieve's A Modern Herbal (1931), she described multiple uses for a powder made from the bark, describing it as a demulcent, emollient, expectorant, diuretic, and nutritive.
It's also a natural demulcent, useful in healing mucous membranes.
Hot liquid is a demulcent, explains Cardiff's Common Cold Centre, which means it forms a soothing film over mucous membranes.
It is a highly reputed ayurvedic plant used in the herbal preparations as a tonic, expectorant and demulcent (Ambawade et al.
Roots of this species are demulcent, diuretic, astringent, stomachic, febrifuge and diuretic.
The herbal compound also contains Corn silk, a soothing demulcent on inflamed tissue and Couch grass, a tissue healer.
Shatavari: nutritive tonic, demulcent, emmenagogue, rejuvenative, build milk PV-K+
Why Honey is a demulcent, which means it creates a fine coating of a mucus-like substance on contact with skin.
Instead it uses pectin, a widely used demulcent that leaves a soothing coating in the throat.
Hmmmmm, oh, the madness of flesh, it's faithful familiarity, the everturning appetite, licking wounds until they're graceful as resurrection, the way we'd glance shyly at each other when we rose or after rubbing one another's feet; one demulcent hand figuring out another thought, another tempting gift from yesterday into tomorrow past the absence of now, the voices of the hummingbird above my head like a halo, soprano, everyone hearing but me.