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[uhng-gwuh nt]
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  1. an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.
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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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Historical Examples

  • But the unguent was not forthcoming, and the emperor was crowned without its aid.

    Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)

    Charles Morris

  • At such a time the man should apply some unguent, so as to make the entrance easy.

  • The Selgic iris1246 also, and the unguent which is made from it, are in great esteem.

  • And she gave them as much of the unguent as was sufficient for their persons.

    Curiosities of Superstition

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • Addressing her sportively, Krishna said, For whom are you carrying that unguent?

    Curiosities of Superstition

    W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for unguent


  1. a less common name for an ointment
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Derived Formsunguentary, adjective

Word Origin

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.
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Related formsunguen•tar′y (-tĕr′ē) adj.
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