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 has argued that the drug ban applied only to injectable betamethasone and that Medina Spirit had absorbed the drug through the ointment Otomax. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Baffert initially disputed post-race testing that showed the presence of betamethasone in the colt’s sample, but subsequently attributed the substance to the ointment Otomax, ostensibly applied to treat a skin condition. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 25 Feb. 2022 Family Dollar is recalling more than 430 products, such as toothpaste, over-the-counter drugs and hemorrhoid ointment, that had been stored at the wrong temperature before being inadvertently shipped to stores across the U.S. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 22 July 2022 The parents said soccer teammates would rub muscle pain ointment or bleach on their son’s socks, or drag his clothes through the dirt, mostly during practice or before games in the 2020-21 school year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 There are some flies in the ointment, as with almost anything. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2022 Other than those flies in the ointment, this is a solid motherboard for the cash and clearly a must-have for anyone that specifically needs a white motherboard that can handle Intel's latest processors. Antony Leather, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Needless to say, one EU leader celebrating the defeat of a key EU institution is a fly in the ointment for those claiming the deal was a triumph for European unity. Luke Mcgee, CNN, 31 May 2022 Subsequent lab testing showed a metabolite that is only found in the ointment in the horse’s urine. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Ointment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ointment. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for ointment


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

Kids Definition of ointment

: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin


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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