verb[with object] rare
Bathe (a diseased or painful part of the body) with liquid.
- Embrocate the part affected with your hand, warmed, for a quarter of an hour.
- He had frequently seen the backs of sailors, who had been flogged, embrocated with Salted Brandy.
- If the skin be very tense, it may be embrocated with a mixture of three fourths of oil of roses, and one fourth of common vinegar.
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin embrocat-, from the verb embrocare, based on Greek embrokhē 'lotion'.
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