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[uhng-gwuh nt] /ˈʌŋ gwənt/
an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.
Origin of unguent
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin unguentum, alteration (probably by association with the suffixes -men, -mentum) of unguen fat, grease, derivative of unguere to smear, anoint
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[uhng-gwuh n-ter-ee] /ˈʌŋ gwənˌtɛr i/ (Show IPA),
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a less common name for an ointment
Derived Forms
unguentary, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin unguentum, from unguere to anoint
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Word Origin and History for unguent

"ointment," mid-15c., from Latin unguentem "ointment," from stem of unguere "to anoint or smear with ointment," from PIE root *ongw- "to salve, anoint" (cf. Sanskrit anakti "anoints, smears," Armenian aucanem "I anoint," Old Prussian anctan "butter," Old High German ancho, German anke "butter," Old Irish imb, Welsh ymenyn "butter").

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unguent in Medicine

unguent un·guent (ŭng'gwənt)
A soothing or medicinal salve.

un'guen·tar'y (-těr'ē) adj.
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