[ oint-muhnt ]
/ ˈɔɪnt mənt /

noun Pharmacology.

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

Nearby words

  1. oilstone,
  2. oiltight,
  3. oily,
  4. oink,
  5. oinochoe,
  6. oir,
  7. oireachtas,
  8. oise,
  9. oisin,
  10. oistrakh

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) /


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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Word Origin and History for ointment



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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Medicine definitions for ointment


[ ointmənt ]


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

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Idioms and Phrases with ointment


see fly in the ointment.

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