in·​unc·​tion i-ˈnəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce inunction (audio)
: an act of applying oil or ointment : anointing

Examples of inunction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Judges denied a request for a preliminary inunction and instead sent back the complaint for further proceedings. Liz Kellar, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin inunction-, inunctio, from inunguere to anoint — more at anoint

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inunction was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inunction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


in·​unc·​tion in-ˈəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce inunction (audio)
: an act of applying an oil or ointment
specifically : the rubbing of an ointment into the skin for therapeutic purposes
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