ointment

noun
oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio) \

Definition of ointment

: a salve or unguent for application to the skin

Examples of ointment in a Sentence

You should put some ointment on that cut.
Recent Examples on the Web Baffert initially said Medina Spirit had never been treated with the medication, but two days later said the horse had developed a skin rash and was treated with an ointment that contained betamethasone during the run-up to the Derby. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, 2 June 2021 After Kirk was prescribed antibiotics, ointment and physical therapy, blood flow returned and his foot began to heal, the magazine reported. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 14 May 2021 The veterinary recommendation was to apply this ointment daily to give the horse relief, help heal the dermatitis and prevent it from spreading. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2021 On your first day after the service, clean your brows with distilled water on a cotton pad, and apply an ointment like Aquaphor every few hours. Deanna Pai, Glamour, 7 May 2021 More than half of those are bandages, and antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment help ward off infection. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 In this case, Baffert said the horse was treated with an ointment that contained the medication for dermatitis on his hind quarter. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Baffert denied using the steroid on the horse on Sunday, but on Tuesday said Medina Spirit had been treated with an ointment that contained betamethasone in the days before the Derby. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 15 May 2021 However, again, I have been told that a finding of a small amount, such as 21 picograms, could be consistent with application of this type of ointment. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of ointment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of ointment was in the 14th century

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“Ointment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ointment. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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ointment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ointment

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

ointment

noun
oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio) \

Kids Definition of ointment

: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin

ointment

noun
oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio) \

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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