[ uhng-gwuh nt ]
/ ˈʌŋ gwənt /


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 forms

un·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 Forms

unguentary, adjective

Word Origin for unguent

C15: from Latin unguentum, from unguere to anoint
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Medicine definitions for unguent


[ ŭnggwənt ]


A soothing or medicinal salve.

Related forms

unguen•tar′y (-tĕr′ē) adj.
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