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ointment

[ oint-muhnt ]
/ ˈɔɪnt mənt /
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noun Pharmacology.

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

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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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Medical 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.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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