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vesicate

Syllabification: ves·i·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈvesəˌkāt
 
/

Definition of vesicate in English:

verb

[with object] chiefly Medicine
1Raise blisters on.
Example sentences
  • The plant reddens and vesicates healthy skin and has been used as a counter-irritant.
  • The patient should remain perfectly quiet during the time it is on, lest any motion should bring the blister against the scrotum, and vesicate it.
  • Both the root in substance, and the juice, have a disagreeable smell, and a nauseous, bitter biting taste: applied for some time to the skin, they inflame or even vesicate the part.
1.1 [no object] Form blisters.

Origin

mid 17th century: from late Latin vesicat- 'having pustules', from vesica 'bladder'.

Derivatives

vesication

1
Pronunciation: /ˌvesiˈkāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • The application is to be renewed night and morning, until vesication is produced.
  • With the uniquely designed detector and six vesication-removing methods, the system can adjust the number of vesications to be removed according to the actual conditions of each patient.
  • Rapid vesication and angry-looking skin are characteristics.

vesicatory

2
Pronunciation: /ˈvesəkəˌtôrē, vəˈsikə-/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Further structural details were not elucidated because ‘the vesicatory characteristics of the oil… precluded further study’.
  • A few species with acrid juice were formerly used as vesicatories.
  • Should her condition continue, by the end of the week, her appearance would be so bad, it would be impossible to dream of doing this; especially if Dr. Corniere prescribes vesicatories.

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