a soft, unctuous preparation, often medicated, for application to the skin; unguent.
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How to use ointment in a sentence
Daniel takes testosterone through injections, but the hormone can also be absorbed via skin ointment or a patch.Gender-affirming care improves mental health for transgender youth | Maria Temming | August 26, 2021 | Science News
The fly in the ointment is the potential return of showers on Sunday.D.C.-area forecast: Steamy with chance of severe, late-day storms; cool front lowers humidity Friday | David Streit | July 29, 2021 | Washington Post
They were a small ointment for the open, latent and bleeding wound that Louisiana was giving me.
Aikey has been administering three different eye drops four times a day, along with eye ointment and thyroid pills twice daily.Some Workers Are Choosing Their Pets Over Their Jobs as Offices Reopen, But Will Animal-Friendly Workplaces Catch On? | Melissa Chan | July 7, 2021 | Time
A screechy bug in the ointment — but it’s not a biggieCurrently, the entry form for Week 1435, the contest to make funny art with at least one real cicada or nymph casing — is not transmitting photos properly.
John McCormack has been the dogged fly in the ointment here.On Abortion, Wendy Davis Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About | Kirsten Powers | August 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This means not being the fly in the ointment of peace talks.
Hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes—the inevitable fly in the ointment of any big new liberal idea.
The flaw in Gaga's ointment too was is in part that she was upstaged by Kanye.
And thou hast adorned thyself for the king with ointment, and hast multiplied thy perfumes.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Thou sattest on a very fine bed, and a table was decked before thee: whereupon thou didst set my incense, and my ointment.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
So even here there were flies in every ointment, and no dream of perfection could remain unchallenged.The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
As to the numb feeling in one's feet, one never has time to rub oneself over with Bengue's ointment.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie | George Brenton Laurie
Evidently this imposingly named product is practically a lanolin ointment containing oil of wintergreen and menthol.
British Dictionary definitions for ointment
a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect
a similar substance used as a cosmetic
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ointment
see fly in the ointment.
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