[ oint-muhnt ]
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  1. 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


/ (ˈɔɪntmənt) /

  1. a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect

  2. a similar substance used as a cosmetic

Origin of ointment

C14: from Old French oignement, from Latin unguentum unguent

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see fly in the ointment.

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