liniment

[lin-uh-muh nt]
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noun
  1. 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

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

noun
  1. 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
n.

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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liniment in Medicine

liniment

[lĭnə-mənt]
n.
  1. A liquid preparation rubbed into the skin or gums as a counterirritant, rubefacient, anodyne, or cleansing agent.
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