Definition of vulnerary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌln(ə)rəri/


(Of a drug, plant, etc.) of use in the healing of wounds.
Example sentences
  • The main use of comfrey through the centuries has been as a vulnerary remedy.
  • Obviously from the above, scabious is expectorant, alterative, vulnerary and astringent.

noun (plural vulneraries)

A medicine used in the healing of wounds.
Example sentences
  • Topically it is applied as an oil or salve as a vulnerary for the treatment of wounds and injuries.
  • These homeopathic agents, known as vulneraries, can promote the healing of wounds, injuries, bites, traumas, and related conditions.


Late 16th century: from Latin vulnerarius, from vulnus 'wound'.

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