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dɪˈmʌl səntdemul·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. demulcentadjective

    a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin

  2. demulcent, emollient, salving, softeningadjective

    having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin


  1. demulcentnoun

    A soothing medication used to relieve pain in inflamed tissues

  2. demulcentadjective

    soothing or softening

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Demulcentadjective

    Softening; mollifying; assuasive.

    Etymology: demulcens, Latin.

    Pease, being deprived of any aromatick parts, are mild and demulcent in the highest degree; but being full of aerial particles, are flatulent, when dissolved by digestion. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demulcentadjective

    softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive; as, oil is demulcent

  2. Demulcentnoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [L. demulcens, p. pr. of demulcere.]


  1. Demulcent

    A demulcent is an agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane. Demulcents are sometimes referred to as mucoprotective agents. Demulcents such as pectin, glycerin, honey, and syrup are common ingredients in cough mixtures. These demulcents will coat the throat and relieve the irritation causing the cough. They can be used to treat any type of cough, but are particularly useful to treat dry coughs. Some demulcents may not be suitable for diabetics as they are based on sugar. Methyl cellulose, propylene glycol and glycerine are synthetic demulcents. A number of herbs have demulcent properties. These herbs often have a high content of mucilage, and help soothe and protect irritated or inflamed internal tissues of the body. Common herbal demulcents include: ⁕Coltsfoot ⁕Comfrey ⁕Common Purslane ⁕Corn Silk ⁕Couchgrass ⁕Flaxseed ⁕Irish Moss, a kind of algae ⁕Lungwort ⁕Liquorice ⁕Mallow

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Demulcent

    de-mul′sent, adj. soothing. [L. demulcent-emde, and mulcēre, to stroke, to soothe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demulcent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demulcent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. bibulous
    • B. tantamount
    • C. commensal
    • D. splay

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