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friar's balsam

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Definition of friar's balsam in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A solution containing benzoin in alcohol, used chiefly as an inhalant.
Example sentences
  • The compound tincture is highly potent, pharmaceutically used in friar's balsam and as a fixative in perfume.
  • Put a few menthol crystals, drops of eucalyptus oil or friar's balsam into a bowl of steaming water.
  • It will go away naturally within a few weeks, but the process of healing can be accelerated by applying friar's balsam or an over the counter lotion to the affected area.

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