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Demulcent and emollient; principally used for poultices and fomentations.

It is little more than a demulcent, and in this country is not employed as a medicine.

Used in coughs as an anodyne and demulcent, in lieu of opium lozenges.

It is demulcent and emollient; chiefly used in ointments and cerates.

Uses, &c. Sweet almonds are nutritive, emollient, and demulcent; but frequently disagree with weak stomachs.

Demulcent washes of elm, sassafras-pith, or flaxseed are often more soothing than simple water.

Demulcent and astringent lotions may be applied by douche, spray, or gargle.

Demulcent lozenges (gelatin, acacia, altha, glycyrrhiza) slowly dissolved in the mouth often relieve topical discomfort.

Anodyne and demulcent; in obstinate cough without expectoration.

These are made of the purest refined juice or extract of liquorice, and have long been esteemed as a demulcent.

WORD ORIGIN

1732, from Latin demulcentem (nominative demulcens), present participle of demulcere "to stroke down, soothingly pet," from de- (see de-) + mulcere "to soothe."

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