from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See poultice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A poultice or plaster, spread over one's skin as medical treatment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soft and moist substance applied externally to some part of the body; a poultice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, a soft and moist substance to be applied to some part of the body; a poultice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
Middle English cathaplasma and French cataplasme, both from Latin cataplasma, from Greek kataplasma, from kataplassein, to plaster over : kata-, down, onto, over; see cata- + plassein, to mold, form; see plasma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cataplasma, from Ancient Greek κατάπλασμα (katáplasma). (Wiktionary)