Definition of cataplasm in English:

cataplasm

noun

archaic
  • A plaster or poultice.

    • ‘It is employed where a cooling and astringent cataplasm is required.’
    • ‘Pliny says, in so many words, that the cerates and cataplasms, plasters, collyria, and antidotes, so abundant in his time, as in more recent days, were mere tricks to make money.’
    • ‘It is used in the form of cataplasms, tonics, salves and plasters.’
    • ‘Some cataplasms were composed of barley flour in the form of paste after being well warmed.’
    • ‘The thin aqueous cataplasm retains a moisture-protecting effect on the skin and provides comfortable feeling in its use.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cataplasme or late Latin cataplasma, from Greek kataplasma, from kataplassein ‘plaster over’.

Pronunciation

cataplasm

/ˈkatəplaz(ə)m/