from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See poultice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poultice or plaster, spread over one's skin as medical treatment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A soft and moist substance applied externally to some part of the body; a poultice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, a soft and moist substance to be applied to some part of the body; a poultice.

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.


Middle English cathaplasma and French cataplasme, both from Latin cataplasma, from Greek kataplasma, from kataplassein, to plaster over : kata-, down, onto, over; see cata- + plassein, to mold, form; see plasma.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cataplasma, from Ancient Greek κατάπλασμα (katáplasma). (Wiktionary)


  • The clay cataplasm (that the vet authorized!) is working, along with the antibiotics.

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  • The clay cataplasm that the vet authorized! is working, along with the antibiotics.

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  • Quote of the Day: "But Alexia, this is a cataplasm of epic proportions!"

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  • Another: Having scraped off the rind of the most tender roots of the wild vine, which some call psilothrion, boil in a dark austere wine undiluted; then having pounded, apply as a tepid cataplasm; but mix also flour and stir it up with white wine and oil in a tepid state.

    On Fistulae

  • Another: - Having bruised the inner part of a ripe cucumber to a soft state, apply as a cataplasm.

    On Fistulae

  • But if it be inflamed, having boiled in water the root of me ivy, finely powdered, and mixing the finest flour, and stirring it up with white wine, apply as a cataplasm, and mix up some fat with these things.

    On Fistulae

  • Another: - Having pounded the seed of hemlock, pour on it a fragrant white wine, and then apply in a tepid state as a cataplasm.

    On Fistulae

  • Egyptian alum pulverized, form into an oblong ball (suppository?) and warming it gently at the fire, make it into a cataplasm, foment, form it into shape with the fingers, and then making it quite tepid, introduce it into the anus.

    On Fistulae

  • If procidentia ani be attended with a discharge of blood, pare off the rind of the root of wakerobin, then pound and mix flour with it, and apply it warm as a cataplasm.

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  • The external parts are to be anointed with cerate, and a cataplasm of boiled garlic, with dark wine diluted, is to be applied.

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  • See malagma, another "a"-monovocalic word of similar meaning.

    December 18, 2010

  • "Hassan asks that a shaman abstract a talc cataplasm that can thwart a blatant rash (raw scars that can scar a man's scalp and gall a man's glans: scratch, scratch)."
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 30

    May 20, 2010

  • No kittens were harmed in the making of this word.

    October 5, 2008

  • "By midnight Reardon lay in a comfortable room, a huge cataplasm fixed upon him, and other needful arrangements made."

    - George Gissing, New Grub Street.

    January 31, 2008