[lin-uh-muh nt]


a liquid or semiliquid preparation for rubbing on or applying to the skin, as for sprains or bruises, usually soothing or counterirritating.

Nearby words

  1. linguo-,
  2. linguoclusion,
  3. linguopapillitis,
  4. linguoversion,
  5. linhay,
  6. linin,
  7. lining,
  8. linitis,
  9. linitis plastica,
  10. link

Origin of liniment

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin linīmentum ointment, equivalent to linī(re) (for Latin linere to smear) + -mentum -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liniment



a medicated liquid, usually containing alcohol, camphor, and an oil, applied to the skin to relieve pain, stiffness, etc

Word Origin for liniment

C15: from Late Latin linīmentum, from linere to smear, anoint

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Word Origin and History 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.)).

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Medicine definitions for liniment




A liquid preparation rubbed into the skin or gums as a counterirritant, rubefacient, anodyne, or cleansing agent.

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