• WordNet 3.6
    • v embrocate administer an oil or ointment to; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Embrocate (Med) To moisten and rub (a diseased part) with a liquid substance, as with spirit, oil, etc., by means of a cloth or sponge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • embrocate To moisten and rub, as a bruised or injured part of the body, with a liquid substance, as with liniment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Embrocate em′brō-kāt to moisten and rub, as a sore with a lotion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. embrocatus, p. p. of embrocare,; cf. Gr. lotion, fomentation, fr. to foment; in + to wet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. embrocāre, -ātum, from Gr. embrochē, a lotion—embrechein, to soak in—em (=en), in, into, brechein, to wet.


In literature:

From the bag which I had brought the Doctor took a large bottle of embrocation and began rubbing the sprain.
"The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" by Hugh Lofting
Meanwhile the dressings on my wound and the embrocation on my sprained wrist steadily subdue the pains which I have felt so far.
"The Two Destinies" by Wilkie Collins
Other embrocations were applied to the injured limb, and new spells were put in practice.
"Waverley" by Sir Walter Scott
I advised Sir Hans to ask Lady Schleimer for her bottle of spirits to use as an embrocation for his lame hip.
"Over the Teacups" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The affair of the embrocation was soon over.
"Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins
And rub him with any good embrocation.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
Other embrocations were applied to the injured limb, and new spells were put in practice.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Meanwhile I am applying embrocation to my sore sides.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 23, 1917" by Various
Liza rubs me with embrocation every night, but it torments me cruel.
"Liza of Lambeth" by W. Somerset Maugham
The Sandal consists in making a perfumed embrocation from sandal wood.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
It is used as an embrocation for rheumatism and for neck galls of cattle.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
She'll write me reams of advice and send embrocations.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
It was Roche's embrocation that did her more good than anything.
"A Pair of Clogs" by Amy Walton
He desired nothing but the cold sheets of his bed and a bottle of embrocation.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Ther's embrocation, hoss iles, every sort of lin'ments.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He sends some physic to be given, and some embrocation to rub on the back.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Let us try this same embrocation at once; I'll most implicitly obey you in everything.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever
You bain't never thinking o' drinking Helliman's Embrocation?
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
So there was no end of embrocations of meat fat, cups of herb concoctions, the inside of fowls, etc., etc.
"The Fourth Estate, vol.1" by Armando Palacio Valdés
When it is of older date, stimulant embrocations are in order.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various