One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Blister or cause to blister.
- ‘The plant reddens and vesicates healthy skin and has been used as a counter-irritant.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin vesicat- ‘having pustules’, from vesica ‘bladder’.
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