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liniment

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noun lin·i·ment \ˈli-nə-mənt\

Simple Definition of liniment

  • : a liquid that is rubbed on your skin to relieve pain or stiffness in your muscles

Full Definition of liniment

  1. :  a liquid or semiliquid preparation that is applied to the skin as an anodyne or a counterirritant

Origin of liniment

Middle English, from Late Latin linimentum, from Latin linere to smear — more at lime


First Known Use: 15th century


LINIMENT Defined for Kids

liniment

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noun lin·i·ment \ˈli-nə-mənt\

Definition of liniment

  1. :  a liquid medicine rubbed on the skin to ease pain




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liniment

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noun lin·i·ment \ˈlin-ə-mənt\

Medical Definition of liniment

  1. :  a liquid or semifluid preparation that is applied to the skin as an anodyne or a counterirritant—called also embrocation




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