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- n. Alternative form of diachylum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plaster originally composed of the juices of several plants (whence its name), but now made of an oxide of lead and oil, and consisting essentially of glycerin mixed with lead salts of the fat acids.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In med.: Formerly, an emollient plaster composed of the juices of herbs.
- n. Now, another name for lead-plaster.
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The American replied in a similar playful ferocity — the two warriors made a little tournament for us there on the plains before Jaffa, in the which diachylon, being a little worsted, challenged his adversary to a race, and fled away on his grey, the
Damascus cloth flapping over his head, and his nose ornamented with diachylon.
When the diachylon Arab saw the American Arab, he straightway galloped his steed towards him, took his pipe, which he delivered at his adversary in guise of a jereed, and galloped round and round, and in and out, and there and back again, as in a play of war.
As far as we know the only evil result of all this merriment was that the doctor received a good many applications for diachylon plaster in the course of the evening, to repair various 'abrasions of the cuticle,' as he expressed it.
Fissure or cracks of the skin caused by callus are treated in the same manner: by prolonged soaking in hot water, paring away the edges, and applying diachylon ointment or cold cream to the part.
When the skin after scaling off becomes thin, all swelling having disappeared, lead plaster is of service, or diachylon ointment twenty-five per cent, made with olive oil.
= -- The hands and feet should be soaked continuously in hot baths containing washing soda, and then should be covered with diachylon (or other) ointment.
Get four ounces of white diachylon plaster, four ounces of shoemaker's wax, and sixty drops of muriatic acid or spirits of salt.
Take a piece of diachylon plaster, cut a hole in the centre the size of the wart, and stick it on, the wart protruding through.
So much for the chapter on "Our Individual Relations with England," which promise to be of so friendly a nature that future travellers had better take with them a supply of bandages, lint, and diachylon plaster, so as to be ready for the new _genuine American_ process of intellectual expansion.
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