• WordNet 3.6
    • adj demulcent having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
    • n demulcent a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Demulcent (Med) A substance, usually of a mucilaginous or oily nature, supposed to be capable of soothing an inflamed nervous membrane, or protecting it from irritation. Gum Arabic, glycerin, olive oil, etc., are demulcents.
    • a Demulcent Softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive; as, oil is demulcent .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • demulcent Softening; mollifying; soothing: as, a demulcent medicine.
    • n demulcent Any medicine which assuages the effects of irritation; that which softens, soothes, or mollifies, as gums, oils, flaxseed, and other mucilaginous substances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Demulcent de-mul′sent soothing.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. demulcens, p. pr. of demulcere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. demulcent-emde, and mulcēre, to stroke, to soothe.


In literature:

Use for enemas, topical applications, and demulcents.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Bland and demulcent, spermaceti is employed as an ingredient in ointments, cosmetics, and cerates.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
Associated Words: phlogistic, phlogogenous, antiphlogistic, demulcent delitescence.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Demulcent drinks, milk, and ice.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
It is little more than a demulcent, and in this country is not employed as a medicine.
"The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees" by James Mooney
Aromatic and demulcent drafts may be given to produce a soothing effect on the mucous lining of the stomachs and to promote digestion.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
How demulcent the effect of a gracious voice, and how rasping that of a snappish one!
"The Voice and Spiritual Education" by Hiram Corson
Blue Cohosh, official in the United States Pharmacopoeia for 1890, is used as a demulcent, antispasmodic, emmenagogue and diuretic.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
It is a demulcent, and at the same time the most refreshing drink that can be taken.
"Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks" by Pierre Blot
The fruit is purgative, demulcent, and is used in some forms of cutaneous affections.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various