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 The trainer later said an ointment used to treat a skin condition contained the substance. Frankie Frisco, Arkansas Online, 15 June 2021 Baffert said Medina Spirit accidentally received betamethasone when he was treated with Otomax, an ointment used for skin irritation, which incidentally contains the steroid. NBC News, 8 June 2021 And, there’s a topical ointment called Monistat (miconazole), which also stops the growth of yeast (fungus) that causes an infection, by decreasing the production of ergosterol. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Robertson said additional testing is being conducted to try to trace the source of the drug to an ointment to treat a skin infection and not an injection. chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 Robertson said additional testing is being conducted to try to trace the source of the drug to an ointment to treat a skin infection and not an injection. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 An odd claim of cancel culture and a firm denial about the presence of betamethasone that melted into a clumsy if not deceptive reversal related to a topical ointment created more sideways glances. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2021 May 11: Baffert acknowledged Medina's Spirit was treated with an anti-fungal ointment called Otomax. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2021 Baffert soon reversed himself, however, and acknowledged treating Medina Spirit for a rash with an antifungal ointment called Otomax, which, to Baffert’s professed surprise, contains betamethasone. New York Times, 2 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ointment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About ointment

Time Traveler for ointment

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for ointment

Last Updated

19 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Ointment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ointment. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ointment

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!