ointment

[ oint-muhnt ]
/ ˈɔɪnt mənt /

noun Pharmacology.

a soft, unctuous preparation, often medicated, for application to the skin; unguent.

Origin of ointment

1250–1300; obsolete oint (aphetic variant of anoint) + -ment; replacing Middle English oignement < Old French < Vulgar Latin *unguimentum for Latin unguentum; see unguent
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British Dictionary definitions for ointment

ointment

/ (ˈɔɪntmənt) /

noun

a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect
a similar substance used as a cosmetic

Word Origin for ointment

C14: from Old French oignement, from Latin unguentum unguent
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Medicine definitions for ointment

ointment

[ ointmənt ]

n.

A highly viscous or semisolid preparation usually containing medicinal substances and intended for external application.

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Idioms and Phrases with ointment

ointment

see fly in the ointment.


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