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de·mul·cent  audio  (d-mlsnt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Serving to soothe or soften.
NOUN:
A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin dmulcns, dmulcent- present participle of dmulcre, to soften : d-, de- + mulcre, to stroke


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