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
: a salve or unguent for application to the skin
Examples of ointment
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
Definition of ointment
: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin
Medical Definition of ointment
: 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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