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 Best Lip Balm: Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick Aquaphor is known for its holy grail ointments, and now its lip treatment comes in a convenient stick to instantly relieve chapped pouts on-the-go. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Beauty Awards: The Best Skin Products of 2019," 21 Nov. 2019 Gauze bandages, antibacterial ointment, antiseptic wipes and non-latex gloves are among the items recommended by FEMA and the American Red Cross. USA Today, "How to prepare for coronavirus: The shopping list for your own home quarantine kit," 4 Mar. 2020 The four main types are topical ointments, body washes, collars, and oral medications. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Nine Ways to Protect Your Dog from Ticks and Fleas," 3 Mar. 2020 In the study, five psoriasis patients applied CBD ointment to those areas of their skin affected by psoriasis twice a day for three months. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "Can CBD Relieve Psoriasis Symptoms? Here’s What Doctors Are Saying," 9 July 2019 Infectious disease and wound care teams were following the baby's condition and using DermaPhor ointment to moisturize her skin and hydrogel on the baby's blistering hand, the report said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Valley mom says Banner hospital incubation lights burned her newborn baby," 30 Jan. 2020 Medications accepted include prescriptions; prescription and over-the-counter ointments and creams; aerosol cans; inhalers; liquids; lotions; pet medications; and vitamins. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Disposal of unused, expired medications on Saturday at Buffalo Speedway Walgreens," 23 Oct. 2019 From topical ointments and oral tinctures to chocolates and gummies, CBD — a non-psychoactive component of cannabis said to relieve pain, headaches, and even anxiety and depression — comes in many forms. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "CBD-Infused Clothing Claims to Prevent Soreness Before It Starts, But Does It Work?," 19 Sep. 2019 Aquaphor Ointment Body Spray, for example, is the first ointment available as a continuous spray, and is clinically proven to relieve very dry and rough skin. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Are You Moisturizing Your Skin Correctly?," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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26 Mar 2020

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“Ointment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ointment. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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


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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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