[ uhng-gwuh nt ]
/ ˈʌŋ gwənt /


an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.

Nearby words

  1. ungrateful,
  2. ungrudging,
  3. ungt.,
  4. ungual,
  5. unguarded,
  6. unguentum,
  7. unguiculate,
  8. unguided,
  9. unguinal,
  10. unguinous

Origin of unguent

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin unguentum, alteration (probably by association with the suffixes -men, -mentum) of unguen fat, grease, derivative of unguere to smear, anoint

Related formsun·guen·tar·y [uhng-gwuh n-ter-ee] /ˈʌŋ gwənˌtɛr i/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unguent


/ (ˈʌŋɡwənt) /


a less common name for an ointment
Derived Formsunguentary, adjective

Word Origin for unguent

C15: from Latin unguentum, from unguere to anoint

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Word Origin and History for unguent



"ointment," mid-15c., from Latin unguentem "ointment," from stem of unguere "to anoint or smear with ointment," from PIE root *ongw- "to salve, anoint" (cf. Sanskrit anakti "anoints, smears," Armenian aucanem "I anoint," Old Prussian anctan "butter," Old High German ancho, German anke "butter," Old Irish imb, Welsh ymenyn "butter").

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Medicine definitions for unguent


[ ŭnggwənt ]


A soothing or medicinal salve.
Related formsunguen•tar′y (-tĕr′ē) adj.

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