Fomentation
A quaint old term for the application of hot packs or the substance so applied. From the Latin "fovimentum" which meant, no surprise, to "a warm application." To "foment" means, literally, to warm or heat up. It is, figuratively, to incite. For example, to forment fear.
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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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fo·men·ta·tion .fō-mən-'tā-shən, -.men- n
1) the application of hot moist substances to the body to ease pain
2) the material applied in fomentation: POULTICE

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fo·men·ta·tion (fo″mən-taґshən) [L. fomentatio; fomentum, a poultice] treatment by warm and moist applications; also the substance thus applied.

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  • fomentation — index aggravation (exacerbation), commotion, disturbance, instigation, origination, outbreak, outburst …   Law dictionary

  • fomentation — (n.) c.1400, from L.L. fomentationem, noun of action from pp. stem of fomentare, from L. fomentum (see FOMENT (Cf. foment)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fomentation — Fomentation, Fotus, Fomentum, Fomentatio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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