ointment

noun

oint·​ment ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio)
: 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 Then, add bandages and antibiotic ointment for attending to small surface wounds. Kelsey Glennon, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Baffert has contended that the colt was administered betamethasone in a topical ointment for a rash rather than through an injection into the joint. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Balming Tiger — the name comes from Tiger Balm, a Singaporean ointment — started out as a party crew, organizing events with DJs around Seoul. Jin Yu Young, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Tea tree is known to help with bacteria when used as a topical ointment. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2024 But the unfortunate truth is that a lot of allegedly hydrating balms and ointments actually make your lips more dry, leading to an endless cycle of overuse. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 18 Jan. 2024 Do not use creams and ointments with a lot of alcohol and water. Anthea Levi, Health, 14 Nov. 2023 When you're done, gently pat the skin dry with a towel, and follow up with a greasy ointment or hydrating cream or gel to seal in moisture. Karen Pallarito, Health, 18 Dec. 2023 Payot's overnight ointment will draw out impurities without drying out your skin. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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 century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ointment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ointment. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ointment

noun
oint·​ment ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio)
: a semisolid greasy medicine for use on the skin

Medical Definition

ointment

noun
oint·​ment ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio)
: 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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