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Pronunciation: hyu'mek-ta'shun


  1. Therapeutic application of moisture.
  2. Serous infiltration of the tissues.
  3. Soaking of a crude drug in water preparatory to the making of an extract.

[L. humecto, pp. -mectus, to moisten, fr. humeo, to be damp]

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