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  • n. Any syrupy medication; especially a remedy for coughs

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as lincture.


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From Latin linctus.


  • To treat my cough, I wanted the pink linctus with the double action: it both soothes your throat AND brings back happy memories of a time when you were loved.

    Never ask a sales person for advice

  • Such a person cannot escape, unless critical sweats and gentle sleep supervene, and thick and acrid urine be passed, or the disease terminate in an abscess: give pine-fruit and myrrh in a linctus, and further give a very little oxymel to drink; but if they are very thirsty, some barley-water.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • A linctus for pneumonia: Galbanum and pine-fruit in Attic honey; and southernwood in oxymel; make a decoction of pepper and black hellebore, and give it in cases of pleurisy attended with violent pain at the commencement.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • In fever attended with singultus, give asafoetida, oxymel, and carrot, triturated together, in a draught; or galbanum in honey, and cumin in a linctus, or the juice of ptisan.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • A fourth part of a pound of cleaned beans, and twelve shoots of madder having been triturated, are to be mixed together and boiled, and given as a linctus with some fatty substance.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • L-onie recognised some road signs and advertising posters for aperitifs, for wax polish and cough linctus, but it was not a world she knew.


  • But I am going to do it: I will get some codeine linctus to suppress my cough.

    Ready to speak out

  • He was a short, fat, squint-eyed, florid-faced, devious drone whose profession was administering linctus to racehorses: the kind of disaster only the Greens could rely on.

    Two For The Lions

  • "Was he?" said Cadfael abstractedly, pounding herbs in a mortar for a linctus.

    The Holy Thief

  • I'll send your lord some pastilles for his throat, and a linctus to take every three hours.

    The Holy Thief


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  • A skunk came last night and he stinked us.

    I count this event a distinct plus:

    There's little that's minus

    In clearing the sinus

    And giving the throat a swift linctus.

    August 20, 2017

  • "'He was in a sad decline, in spite of what little we could do for him in the way of bark and steel and linctus. But Fabien very kindly kept me one of his hands, recollecting my interest in the singular calcification of its sinews.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 228

    A Sea of Words defines linctus as "A solid medicine ingested by licking it like a lollipop."

    March 16, 2008