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fomentation (n.)

c. 1400, from Late Latin fomentationem (nominative fomentatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of fomentare "to foment," from Latin fomentum (see foment).

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Definitions of fomentation

fomentation (n.)
a substance used as a warm moist medicinal compress or poultice;
fomentation (n.)
application of warm wet coverings to a part of the body to relieve pain and inflammation;
fomentation (n.)
deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord);
Synonyms: instigation
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