• WordNet 3.6
    • n cerate a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cerate (Med) An unctuous preparation for external application, of a consistence intermediate between that of an ointment and a plaster, so that it can be spread upon cloth without the use of heat, but does not melt when applied to the skin.Cerate consists essentially of wax (for which resin or spermaceti is sometimes substituted) mixed with oil, lard, and various medicinal ingredients. The cerate (formerly called simple cerate) of the United States Pharmacopoeia is a mixture of three parts of white wax and seven parts of lard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cerate In ornithology, cered; having a cere.
    • n cerate A thick ointment composed of wax, lard, or oil, with other ingredients, applied externally for various medical purposes.
    • n cerate Chlorid of silver; horn-silver. See cerargyrite. Also kerate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cerate sē′rāt a compound of wax with other oily or medicinal substances in such proportions as to form a stiff ointment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ceratum, ceratm, fr. cera, wax
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cerāre, cerātum, to cover with wax, cera, wax.


In literature:

He extracted this, and, until cicatrization was complete, he dressed the stump with saturnine cerate.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
I distributed some Turner's cerate to the women, but left Fraser to superintend its application.
"Two Expeditions in the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume II" by Charles Sturt
Bland and demulcent, spermaceti is employed as an ingredient in ointments, cosmetics, and cerates.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
A man's life, the perspiration of an entire existence, is secreted in this layer of mouldy cerate.
"Over Strand and Field" by Gustave Flaubert
Plasters of cerate with calamy.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
This Cerate is usually laid outwardly upon all Parts that stand in need of cooling, and asswages the Pains of the Haemorrhoids or Piles.
"The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method" by Charles Gabriel Le Clerc

In poetry:

Singing bandages and lint; salve and cerate without stint,
Singing plenty both of liniment and lotion,
And your mixtures pushed about, and the pills for you served out,
With alacrity and promptitude of motion.
"Nightingale's Song to the Sick Soldier" by Anonymous British

In science:

In the WDW case, we saw that this feature arises because the elementary excitations of geometry |hi cerated by operating on the cyclic state |0i by W (0, h) = ei ˆp(h) are orthogonal for distinct test fields h.
Some surprising implications of background independence in canonical quantum gravity
Aggeli A, Hamodrakas S.J., Komitopoulou K. and Konsolaki M (1991) Tandemly repeating peptide motifs and their secondary structure in Ceratitis capitata eggshell proteins Ccs36 and Ccs38. Int. J.
A web server to locate periodicities in a sequence