American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A soft moist mass of bread, meal, clay, or other adhesive substance, usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body. Also called cataplasm.
- v. To apply a poultice to.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A soft and usually warm mass of meal, bread, herbs, or the like, used as an emollient application to sores, inflamed parts of the body, etc.; a cataplasm.
- To cover with a poultice; apply poultices to.
- n. A soft, moist mass applied topically to a sore, aching or lesioned part of the body to soothe. A poultice is usually wrapped in cloth and often warmed before being applied.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A soft composition, as of bread, bran, or a mucilaginous substance, to be applied to sores, inflamed parts of the body, etc.; a cataplasm.
- v. To apply a poultice to; to dress with a poultice.
- 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.
- v. dress by covering with a therapeutic substance
- Middle English pultes, from Medieval Latin pultēs, thick paste, from Latin, pl. of puls, pult-, pottage; see pulse2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have heard the term poultice applied to the suet pudding more than once in casual conversations in the exercise ground.”
“During the second five minutes this belief evaporates, but the poultice is buckled at the back and you cant get it off.”
“A poultice is a liquid cleaner or chemical mixed with a white absorbent material to form a paste about the consistency of peanut butter.”
“Old country doctors used a device called a poultice to draw out the infectious pus or poison to the surface in a crude but honest attempt to cure.”
“A poultice is a hot, moist mass of boiled potato, ground flaxseed, powdered fenugreek, or another substance designed to hold prolonged, moist warmth between two layers of linen or coarse cotton cloth.”
“If the knee be bruised as well as cut, a poultice should be applied, and changed two or three times a day; but on no account use gunpowder, which is a favourite remedy for broken knees with ignorant people, as it only irritates the wound.”
“There are a number of mush poultices recommended for different conditions -- boils, felons, etc., but we find the aseptic heating compress to be as effectual as any of these dirty, mush poultices and we suggest that our readers try the boracic-acid poultice which is put on as follows: Over any infected area or abrasion of the skin a thick padding of cotton moistened by a saturated boracic-acid solution is placed.”
“My eyes were better now on account of the rest and a snow "poultice" Webb had invented.”
“During that first night she says that she prayed to God to know what to do for her wounded boy, and the Lord distinctly whispered to her what kind of poultice to put on the wound and how to treat him.”
“The back is laid varnished side downwards and a "poultice" applied as far along the joint as appears necessary.”
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