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ointment

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noun oint·ment \ˈȯint-mənt\

Simple Definition of ointment

  • : a smooth substance that is rubbed on the skin to help heal a wound or to reduce pain or discomfort

Full Definition of ointment

  1. :  a salve or unguent for application to the skin

Examples of ointment

  1. You should put some ointment on that cut.



Origin of ointment

Middle English, alteration of oynement, from Anglo-French uignement, oignement, ultimately from Latin unguentum, from unguere to anoint; akin to Old High German ancho butter, Sanskrit anakti he salves


First Known Use: 14th century



OINTMENT Defined for Kids

ointment

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noun oint·ment \ˈȯint-mənt\

Definition of ointment

  1. :  a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin




Medical Dictionary

ointment

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noun oint·ment \ˈȯint-mənt\

Medical Definition of ointment

  1. :  a salve or unguent for application to the skin; specifically :  a semisolid medicinal preparation usually having a base of fatty or greasy material





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