- a liquid or semiliquid preparation for rubbing on or applying to the skin, as for sprains or bruises, usually soothing or counterirritating.
Origin of liniment
Related Words for linimentbalm, salve, unguent, emollient, dressing, medicine, lotion, cream, embrocation, lenitive
Examples from the Web for liniment
Historical Examples of liniment
Dad took it in silence, and sat rubbing it into his beard like a liniment.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
"Where's that bottle of liniment I sent here," demanded the doctor.
A bottle of liniment was ordered, and Alfred rubbed often with the preparation.
It was a florid testimonial to the virtues of their liniment.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Put the liniment on her leg as I told you, and I'll call in the morning."Some Say"
Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
- a medicated liquid, usually containing alcohol, camphor, and an oil, applied to the skin to relieve pain, stiffness, etc
Word Origin for liniment
early 15c., from Late Latin linimentum "a soft ointment," from Latin linire, collateral form of earlier linere "to daub, smear," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (see slime (n.)).
- A liquid preparation rubbed into the skin or gums as a counterirritant, rubefacient, anodyne, or cleansing agent.