Empasm Em*pasm", n. [F. empasme, fr. Gr. ? to sprinkle in or on; ? in + ? to sprinkle.] A perfumed powder sprinkled upon the body to mask the odor of sweat. [1913 Webster]

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  • empasm —   n. scented powder concealing odour of perspiration …   Dictionary of difficult words

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  • empasm, empasma — A dusting powder. [G. empasma, fr. em passo, to sprinkle on] …   Medical dictionary

  • deodorant — 1848, originally of substances to quell the odor of manure, formed in English as if from DE (Cf. de ) + L. odorem smell. In reference to a substance to be used on the human body, from 1860. An earlier version, a perfumed powder, was called empasm …   Etymology dictionary

  • empasma — ‖ emˈpasma Med. Obs. 0 [mod.L., f. as prec.] = empasm 1. in Kersey. in Chambers Cycl. in Mayne Exp. Lex.; and in mod. Dicts …   Useful english dictionary

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