from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Serving to soothe or soften.
- n. A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. soothing or softening
- n. A soothing medication used to relieve pain in inflamed tissues
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Softening; mollifying; soothing: as, a demulcent medicine.
- n. Any medicine which assuages the effects of irritation; that which softens, soothes, or mollifies, as gums, oils, flaxseed, and other mucilaginous substances.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
- n. a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin
Latin dēmulcēns, dēmulcent-, present participle of dēmulcēre, to soften : dē-, de- + mulcēre, to stroke.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)