Definition of embrocation in English:

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embrocation

Pronunciation: /ˌembrəˈkāSH(ə)n/

noun

A liquid used for rubbing on the body to relieve pain from sprains and strains.
Example sentences
  • Those which had finished courses had their paws soaking; those yet to go were being rubbed with embrocation, giving the car park the air of an enormous dressing-room.
  • He used to kill an Adder and clarify the dripping for embrocation.
  • I recently read a checklist of things to bring and do before a race, and one suggestion was to apply embrocation to exposed legs.
Synonyms
ointment, lotion, cream, rub, salve, emollient, liniment, balm, unguent

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin embrocatio(n-), from the verb embrocare, based on Greek embrokhē 'lotion'.

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  • This comes via medieval Latin from Greek embrokhē ‘lotion’.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: em·bro·ca·tion

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