One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a drug, plant, etc.) of use in the healing of wounds.
healing, therapeutic, medicinal, remedial, curing, correctiveView synonyms
- ‘Obviously from the above, scabious is expectorant, alterative, vulnerary and astringent.’
- ‘The main use of comfrey through the centuries has been as a vulnerary remedy.’
A medicine used in the healing of wounds.
- ‘These homeopathic agents, known as vulneraries, can promote the healing of wounds, injuries, bites, traumas, and related conditions.’
- ‘Topically it is applied as an oil or salve as a vulnerary for the treatment of wounds and injuries.’
Late 16th century: from Latin vulnerarius, from vulnus ‘wound’.
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