a thick ointment consisting of a fat, as oil or lard, mixed with wax, resin, and other, often medicinal, ingredients
Origin of cerateClassical Latin ceratus, past participle of cerare, to wax from cera, wax from Classical Greek k?ros
A hard, unctuous, fat- or wax-based solid, sometimes medicated, formerly applied to the skin directly or on dressings.
Origin of cerateLatin cērātum from cērātus past participle of cērāre to cover with wax from cēra wax Greek kēros
- (medicine, archaic) An unctuous preparation for external application — mainly wax (resin or spermaceti) mixed with oil, lard, and various medicinal ingredients — of a consistency between ointment and plaster, so that it can be spread upon cloth without the use of heat, but does not melt when applied to the skin.
Latin ceratum, from cera (“wax”).