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Unguentum Cetacei.—Ointment of Spermaceti.

Botanical name:

Related entry: Cetaceum (U. S. P.)—Spermaceti

Preparation.—"Take of spermaceti, 200 parts by weight; white beeswax, 80 parts; almond oil, 720 parts; benzoin, in coarse powder, 20 parts. Melt together the spermaceti, beeswax and almond oil; add the benzoin, and, frequently stirring the mixture, continue the application of heat for 2 hours; remove from the source of heat, strain, and stir the ointment constantly until cold"—(Br. Pharm., 1898).

Action and Medical Uses.—This is a mild emollient ointment, employed as a dressing for excoriations, wounds, vesicated surfaces, etc. Owing to its disposition to rancidity, but a small quantity should be prepared at a time. This change is retarded somewhat by the benzoin.


King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.



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