Definitions

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  • n. Any external topical application to the body, except ointments and plasters; a poultice, lotion, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any external topical application to the body, except ointments and plasters, as a poultice, lotion, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, any external topical application not a salve or plaster, as a fomentation, a poultice, or a lotion.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἐπίθεμα.

Examples

  • But the soul being entirely restored to her health by the excellent epithem of charity which the Holy Ghost infuses into her heart, she is then able to walk and keep herself upon her feet of herself, yet by virtue of this health and this sacred epithem of holy love.

    Treatise on the Love of God

  • But he who is only at court, in war, at the tribunals, by duty — God helps him, and heavenly sweetness is as an epithem on his heart, to preserve him from the plague which reigns in those places.

    Treatise on the Love of God

  • Gospel written, as an epithem of love, as is related of S. Cecily, and S. Matthew's Gospel was actually found upon the heart of the dead S. Barnabas, written with his own hand.

    Treatise on the Love of God

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