from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To apply a poultice to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- transitive v. To apply a poultice to; to dress with a poultice.
from The 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.
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.
- 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)