demulcent

(redirected from demulcents)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to demulcents: Expectorants

demulcent

 [de-mul´sent]
1. soothing; bland.
2. a soothing mucilaginous or oily medicine or application.

de·mul·cent

(dĕ-mŭl'sent),
1. Soothing; relieving irritation.
2. An agent, such as a mucilage or oil, that soothes and relieves irritation, especially of the mucous surfaces.
[L. de-mulceo, pp. -mulctus, to stroke lightly, to soften]

demulcent

(dĭ-mŭl′sənt)
adj.
Serving to soothe or soften.
n.
A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.

demulcent

Herbal medicine
A herb that soothes, softens and protects mucous membranes through a medical or mechanical effect; demulcents include chickweed (Stellaria media), coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Irish moss (Chrondrus crispus), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), slippery elm (Ulmus fulva).

demulcent

Pharmacology A protective, often viscid preparation, used to alleviate irritation of mucous membranes or abraded skin; by providing a rapid cover, the effects of local mechanical, chemical or bacterial irritants are diminished, as is pain and spasms, and drying prevented. See Binding agent.

de·mul·cent

(dĕ-mŭl'sĕnt)
1. Soothing; relieving irritation.
2. An agent, such as a mucilage or oil, that soothes and relieves irritation, especially of the mucous surfaces.
[L. de-mulceo, pp. -mulctus, to stroke lightly, to soften]

demulcent

1. Soothing.
2. An oily substance used to relieve pain or discomfort in inflamed, irritated or abraded skin or mucous membranes.

de·mul·cent

(dĕ-mŭl'sĕnt)
1. Soothing; relieving irritation.
2. An agent that relieves irritation.
[L. de-mulceo, pp. -mulctus, to stroke lightly, to soften]
References in periodicals archive ?
A multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study (N=60) showed that demulcents provide short-term pain relief.
Demulcents with added anesthetics provide superior pain relief compared to placebo, as measured on a visual analog scale.
However, he had been seen at BUC for over one year during which time he had been treated with demulcent therapies (including aloe vera gel) as part of his GERD management.
Slippery elm bark (Ulmus rubra or Ulmus fulva) ianother demulcent often used to relieve symptoms of pharyngitis.(9) To the best of our knowledge, there have been no clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of slippery elm in the treatment of upper respiratory tract pathology.
Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is another demulcent used often for dry cough and pharyngitis symptoms.
(28) To our knowledge there are no trials evaluating its use as a demulcent or its effects on the voice.