unguent

[ uhng-gwuh nt ]
/ ˈʌŋ gwənt /

noun

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

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

unguent

/ (ˈʌŋɡwənt) /

noun

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

unguent


n.

"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

unguent

[ ŭnggwənt ]

n.

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