Catagmatic

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In pre-modern medicine, the term catagmatic generally referred to any treatment purported to heal bone fractures, by promoting the formation of a callus.

The principal catagmatics were Armenian bole, gum tragacanth, osteocolla, Cyprus nuts, frankincense, aloes, and acacia.

The word comes from the Greek καταγμα, "fracture".

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "Catagmatics". Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.