Dip, wax


Dip, wax
A treatment for the symptoms of joint and muscle conditions, such as arthritis, that consists of melted mineral wax derived from petroleum applied to a body area. Wax dips can be especially helpful in relieving the pain and stiffness of arthritis involving the small joints of the hands when used as a small bath. The hands are repeatedly dipped into the melted, warm wax and the wax allowed to cool and harden around the sore joints. The wax is then removed by peeling off and can be remelted in the bath for repeated use. Also called paraffin dip.

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  • Wax dip — A treatment for the symptoms of joint and muscle conditions, such as arthritis, that consists of melted mineral wax derived from petroleum applied to a body area. Wax dips can be especially helpful in relieving the pain and stiffness of arthritis …   Medical dictionary

  • Dip, paraffin — A treatment for the symptoms of joint and muscle conditions, such as arthritis, that consists of melted mineral wax derived from petroleum applied to a body area. Paraffin dips can be especially helpful in relieving the pain and stiffness of… …   Medical dictionary

  • dip — I [[t]dɪp[/t]] v. dipped, dip•ping, n. 1) to plunge temporarily into a liquid, so as to moisten, dye, or take up some of the liquid 2) to take up by bailing or ladling: to dip water out of a boat[/ex] 3) to lower and raise: to dip a flag in… …   From formal English to slang

  • wax light — noun stick of wax with a wick in the middle • Syn: ↑candle, ↑taper • Hypernyms: ↑lamp • Hyponyms: ↑chandlery, ↑dip, ↑rushlight, ↑rush candle …   Useful english dictionary

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  • dip — Synonyms and related words: acid bath, alveolation, alveolus, antrum, apply paint, armpit, ascend, asperge, attrition, bail, bank, baptism, baptize, basin, bath, bayberry candle, beat the drum, bedaub, bedizen, begild, besmear, bougie, bowl,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • wax spray — noun : a spray or dip of melted paraffin, paraffin emulsion, or a similar material applied to plants in leaf to reduce transpiration after transplanting, to dormant shrubs (as roses) to prevent drying when on display or out of the ground for some …   Useful english dictionary

  • Paraffin dip — A treatment for the symptoms of joint and muscle conditions, such as arthritis, that consists of melted mineral wax derived from petroleum applied to a body area. Paraffin dips can be especially helpful in relieving the pain and stiffness of… …   Medical dictionary


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