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 of ointment from the Web
Immunotherapy can come in many forms -- vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs -- and can be received through an injection, a pill or capsule, a topical ointment or cream, or a catheter.
However, heart balm is not an ointment or a salve, or even a balm.
How an ointment came to grease relations between two ancient civilizations is a bit of a mystery.
As always, there is a fly in the amber—er, ointment.
Shares of Perrigo, which specializes in store brand over-the-counter products and dermatological creams and ointments, have fallen nearly 40 percent over the last year.
In ascending order of funniness: balm, ointment, unguent, salve.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
OINTMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ointment for English Language Learners
: a smooth substance that is rubbed on the skin to help heal a wound or to reduce pain or discomfort
OINTMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of ointment for Students
: 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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