oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt \

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.

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The bills in our database show that one hospital in Tennessee charged a patient a pretty reasonable $1 for bacitracin — while another hospital in Seattle charged $76 for the exact same ointment. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Dec. 2018 Otherwise, over-the-counter artificial tears, gels, and ointments can help. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "4 Times Vision Loss Is About More Than Your Eyes Getting Older," 13 Nov. 2018 My husband brought home some CBD cream, a nonhallucinogenic form of cannabis ointment. Teresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "CBD oil keeps long-distance runner going," 25 Oct. 2018 Everything from unpretentious, unsexy Aquaphor ointment to crystal-clear lip gloss and everything in between. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "7 Ways to Highlight Your Face Without Using Actual Highlighter," 3 Oct. 2018 In 1919 the third artist—who some might call the fly in the ointment—arrived. Alexandra Bregman, WSJ, "When Chagall and Malevich Battled in Russia," 9 Aug. 2018 That Wilson’s worried about a stranger’s homework, in a room teeming with designer clothes, luxurious ointments, and staffers prepared to cater to her every whim, is touching. Olivia Horn, Vogue, "At Afropunk, H.E.R. Rules the Stage with Sunglasses, Space Buns, and a Feminist Message," 27 Aug. 2018 Just make sure to care for your tattoo and apply the A&D ointment with clean hands each time. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "How To Take Care of A Tattoo: 9 Tattoo Care Tips You Should Know," 9 July 2018 Don’t use eye drops or ointments. Don’t take over-the-counter pain relievers on the way to the emergency room. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Firework eye injury? Here's what to do," 3 July 2018

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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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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


oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt \

Kids Definition of ointment

: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin


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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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