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treatment by warm, moist applications; also, the substance thus applied.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
2. Application of warmth and moisture in the treatment of disease.
[L. fomento, pp. -atus, to foment, fr. fomentum, a poultice, fr. foveo, to keep warm]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
1. The act of fomenting; incitement.
a. A substance or material used as a warm, moist medicinal compress; a poultice.
b. The therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, as to relieve pain.
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A locally applied cloth imbibed with hot water, which is analgesic, antispasmodic, sedative and vasodilatory.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
fomentationA warm, moist compress or poultice, or the application of warmth and moisture for medical purposes. Fomentation causes an increase in the blood supply to the underlying area and this can be helpful in treating inflammation.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
1. A warm application.
2. Application of warmth and moisture to treat disease.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012