Definition of Vulnerary
Vulnerary: (Plural = vulneraries). A remedy used in healing or treating wounds. Any preparation, plant or drug used in the cure of wounds.
For example, Native Americans used the herb echinacea as a vulnerary for burns, snakebites, arrow and other wounds. It was considered something of a panacea.
"Vulnerary" comes from the Latin "vulnus" meaning "wound." "Vulnus" also gave rise to "vulnerable" which literally means woundable.Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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