From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
1. (Med.) (a) The act of fomenting; the application of warm, soft, medicinal substances, as for the purpose of easing pain, by relaxing the skin, or of discussing tumors. (b) The lotion applied to a diseased part.
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
72 Moby Thesaurus words for "fomentation": aggravation, agitation, animation, arousal, arousing, bluster, brawl, broil, brouhaha, cacophony, chaos, commotion, disturbance, ebullition, electrification, embroilment, exacerbation, exasperation, excitation, excitement, exhilaration, fanaticism, ferment, firing, flap, foofaraw, frenzy, fume, furor, furore, fury, fuss, galvanization, hubbub, incitation, incitement, inflammation, infuriation, instigation, irritation, lathering up, pandemonium, passion, pep rally, pep talk, perturbation, provocation, rabble-rousing, racket, rage, row, ruckus, rumpus, steaming up, stimulation, stimulus, stirring, stirring up, stirring-up, storminess, tempestuousness, tumult, tumultuousness, turbulence, turmoil, uproar, upset, whipping up, wildness, working up, zeal, zealousness
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