from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. (noun) A saponaceous camphorated liniment; a solution of soap in alcohol with the addition of camphor and essential oils: hence sometimes called soap-liniment.
  • n. (noun) A plaster said to have been invented by Mindererus.



The word 'opodeldoc' may be derived from three other words with Greek origins: opopanax, 'a gum resin obtained from the root of Opopanax chironium, formerly used in medicine'; bdellium, 'an aromatic gum resin similar to myrrh'; and aristolochia, also known as 'birthwort,' a plant 'used as a folk medicine to aid childbirth.'