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[lin-uh-muh nt]
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  1. a liquid or semiliquid preparation for rubbing on or applying to the skin, as for sprains or bruises, usually soothing or counterirritating.
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Origin of liniment

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin linīmentum ointment, equivalent to linī(re) (for Latin linere to smear) + -mentum -ment
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Related Words for liniment

balm, salve, unguent, emollient, dressing, medicine, lotion, cream, embrocation, lenitive

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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

  • A bottle of liniment was ordered, and Alfred rubbed often with the preparation.

  • "Where's that bottle of liniment I sent here," demanded the doctor.

  • It was a florid testimonial to the virtues of their liniment.

  • Put the liniment on her leg as I told you, and I'll call in the morning.

    "Some Say"

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

British Dictionary definitions for liniment


  1. a medicated liquid, usually containing alcohol, camphor, and an oil, applied to the skin to relieve pain, stiffness, etc
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

liniment in Medicine


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