[uhng-gwuh nt]
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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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Related Words for unguent

balm, ointment, lotion, emollient, lubricant, cream, cerate

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British Dictionary definitions for unguent


  1. 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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unguent in Medicine


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