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fomentation

 [fo″men-ta´shun]
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.

fo·men·ta·tion

(fō'men-tā'shŭn),
1. A warm application.
See also: poultice, stupe.
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]
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fomentation

(fō′mən-tā′shən, -mĕn-)
n.
1. The act of fomenting; incitement.
2.
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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hot compress

Naturopathy
A locally applied cloth imbibed with hot water, which is analgesic, antispasmodic, sedative and vasodilatory.
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fomentation

A 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

fo·men·ta·tion

(fō'men-tā'shŭn)
1. A warm application.
2. Application of warmth and moisture to treat disease.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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