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ointment

[oint-muhnt]
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noun Pharmacology.
  1. 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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Related Words for ointment

balm, salve, lotion, liniment, unguent, medicine, dressing, emollient, embrocation, lenitive, demulcent, cerate

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British Dictionary definitions for ointment

ointment

noun
  1. a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect
  2. a similar substance used as a cosmetic
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Word Origin for ointment

C14: from Old French oignement, from Latin unguentum unguent
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Word Origin and History for ointment

n.

late 13c., from Old French oignement "ointment, salve, unguent," from Vulgar Latin *unguimentum, from Latin unguentum (see unguent). The first -t- emerged in Old French from oint, past participle of verb oindre "to anoint."

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ointment in Medicine

ointment

(ointmənt)
n.
  1. 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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