(Ce*rar"gy*rite) n. [Gr. ke`ras horn + 'a`rgyros silver.] (Min.) Native silver chloride, a
mineral of a white to pale yellow or gray color, darkening on exposure to the light. It may be cut by a
knife, like lead or horn
(Cer"a*sin) n. (Chem.) A white amorphous substance, the insoluble part of cherry gum;
called also meta-arabinic acid.
2. (Chem.) A gummy mucilaginous substance; called also bassorin, tragacanthin, etc.
1. Pertaining to, or containing, cerasin.
2. Of a cherry color.
(||Ce*ras"tes) n. [L., a horned serpent, fr. Gr. kera`sths horned, fr. ke`ras horn.] (Zoöl.) A
genus of poisonous African serpents, with a horny scale over each eye; the horned viper.
(Ce"rate) n. [L. ceratum, ceratm, fr. cera wax.] (Med.) An unctuous preparation for external
application, of a consistence intermediate between that of an ointment and a plaster, so that it can be
spread upon cloth without the use of heat, but does not melt when applied to the skin.
Cerate consists essentially of wax (for which resin or spermaceti is sometimes substituted) mixed with
oil, lard, and various medicinal ingredients. The cerate (formerly called simple cerate) of the United
States Pharmacopoeia is a mixture of three parts of white wax and seven parts of lard.