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 c&emacron;ratum, from c&emacron;ratus, past participle of c&emacron;rare, to cover with wax, from c&emacron;ra, wax; akin to Greek k&emacron;ros.
- (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”).