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ointment

noun oint·ment \ˈint-mənt\

: 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
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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

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum
OINTMENT Defined for Kids

ointment

noun oint·ment \ˈint-mənt\

Definition of OINTMENT for Kids

:  a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin
Medical Dictionary

ointment

noun oint·ment \ˈint-mənt\

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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