from The Century Dictionary.
- Attenuating; making thin, as fluids; diluting; rendering less dense and viscid.
- noun A medicine which increases the fluidity of the humors; a diluent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Making thin, as fluids; diluting; rendering less dense and viscid; diluent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Making
thin, as fluids; diluting; rendering less denseand viscid.
- noun medicine, dated Any
medicinethat thins or dilutes the fluids; a diluent.
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With respect to its being an attenuative of viscid humours, it can never possess this virtue from being a diluent, for an attenuant acts _specially_ on the particles, by diminishing their bulk, while the diluent acts upon the whole mass of the fluid.
Indeed, the operation of an attenuant is not easily known; for many are surprised that a slight inflammation should be so difficult to dissipate.
In this only lies the difference between the old word fermentation, and the new word attenuation, every thing used as a ferment, or to promote fermentation, is attenuant.