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Pronunciation: fo'men-ta'shun


  1. A warm application.
  2. Application of warmth and moisture in the treatment of disease.

[L. fomento, pp. -atus, to foment, fr. fomentum, a poultice, fr. foveo, to keep warm]

See Also: poultice, stupe

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