ointment

noun oint·ment \ ˈȯint-mənt \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of ointment

: a salve or unguent for application to the skin

Examples of ointment in a Sentence

  1. You should put some ointment on that cut.

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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


OINTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

ointment

noun

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

ointment

noun oint·ment \ ˈȯint-mənt \

Definition of ointment for Students

: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin

Medical Dictionary

ointment

noun oint·ment \ ˈȯint-mənt \

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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