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demulcent (di MUHL suhnt) (s) (noun), demulcents (pl)
1. A substance which relieves irritation by forming a protective film on the mucous membranes in the mouth: In medicine, a demulcent is a soothing preparation; especially, one that is applied to decrease the intensity of an irritation of an inflamed surface.
2. Etymology: from Latin demulcent, "stroking caressingly or lovingly" from the verb demulcere, from de-, "down, away" + mulcere, "to soothe, to pet", or "to soften".
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demulcent (DI muhl suhnt) (adjective), more demulcent, most demulcent
1. A reference to the soothing nature of medicines: The physical therapist applied a demulcent ointment or salve to Mary's body which relieved the inflammation and irritation on her skin.
2. A description of something like a relaxing melody or a peaceful demeanor.
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