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Q: Old Danish Apothecary Terms ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Old Danish Apothecary Terms
Category: Science > Chemistry
Asked by: uljen-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 07 Mar 2005 15:15 PST
Expires: 06 Apr 2005 16:15 PDT
Question ID: 486396
I need an English definition of the word "vaegx" and/or "bliodt
vaegx". these words appeared on a list of items ordered in 1882 from
an apothecary in Randers, Denmark. It is possible that there could be
some spelling variation as these words were transcribed from bad hand
writing of that time.

The actual spelling includes the letter which appears in Danish when
the "a" and "e" are actually hooked together.

Thank you
Subject: Re: Old Danish Apothecary Terms
Answered By: blazius-ga on 13 Mar 2005 11:37 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I have discussed your question with an experienced Norwegian
pharmacist.  Norwegian and Danish are closely related.  Her opinion is
that "bliodt vægx" probably is the equivalent of modern Danish "blødt
voks" = "soft wax".

"Soft wax" is not a common apothecary term, but the most common wax
used in the pharmacy is "cera alba" (white wax), i.e. bleached bee's
wax.  You can read lots about the pharmaceutical properties of cera
alba at

If this item is part of a prescription, it would help if you posted
the entire prescription here.  This would help to confirm the identity
of this item.  Waxes are common ingredients in ointments, cerates and

I hope this answer is useful to you.  Please post an answer
clarification request if you need further help with case.
uljen-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you very much! I believe your answer is correct. According to
the court case the ingredients were used to make an ointment. I am
sure I will have other questions as I progress in my search to
understand these documents concerning my greatgrandfather:)

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