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 (fō′mən-tā′shən, -mĕn-)
1. The act of fomenting; incitement.
a. A substance or material used as a warm, moist medicinal compress; a poultice.
b. The therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, as to relieve pain.


(ˌfoʊ mɛnˈteɪ ʃən)

1. encouragement of discord, rebellion, etc.; instigation.
2. the application of warm liquid, ointments, etc., to the surface of the body.
3. the liquid, ointments, etc., so applied.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fomentation - a substance used as a warm moist medicinal compress or poultice
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
compress - a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)
2.fomentation - application of warm wet coverings to a part of the body to relieve pain and inflammation
treatment, intervention - care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
3.fomentation - deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord)
trigger, initiation, induction - an act that sets in motion some course of events


[ˌfəʊmenˈteɪʃən] N (frm) → instigación f


n (of trouble, discord)Schüren nt; (Med) → feuchte Umschläge pl
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