ointment

noun
oint·ment | \ˈȯint-mənt \

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.

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Covering the mirror The gauze is applied to Korryn’s face almost like papier-mache, thin strips coated with a topical burn ointment. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, "After Lombard teen severely burned in bonfire explosion, friends bring prom to her," 19 May 2018 Luckily, as soon as you’re done, the doctor can give you an antihistamine and some ointment for the affected skin. Kendra Chanae Chapman, SELF, "I Have Severe Food Allergies, and These Are the 3 Comments I'm So Sick of Hearing," 14 May 2018 Another remedy that was popular both then and now is the use of benzoyl peroxide, which was used in the form of an ointment in the 1930s and since has become a fixture in a plethora of acne-fighting products. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Watch 100 Years of Acne Treatment History in Just 4 Minutes," 26 Apr. 2018 The common topical anesthetic in teething gels, prays, ointments, and lozenges can lead to a serious and sometimes fatal condition called methemoglobinemia, in which red blood cells can no longer carry as much oxygen. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Don't Use Baby Teething Medicine With Benzocaine, the FDA Warns," 23 May 2018 Moisturizing your skin at least twice a day with creams, ointments, and lotions can also help, the Mayo Clinic says, as can avoiding hot showers, which might just dry out and irritate your skin even more. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Causes Eczema, Anyway?," 13 July 2018 In the most recent video, a navy SEAL is shown treating minor cuts on the feet and legs of the boys with antibiotic ointment. Washington Post, "Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains," 5 July 2018 An over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment may also help reduce itching. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Can Shaving Cream Treat a Sunburn? A Dermatologist Weighs In on This Home Remedy Gone Viral," 28 June 2018 In the most recent video, a navy SEAL is shown treating minor cuts on the feet and legs of the boys with antibiotic ointment. Washington Post, "Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains," 5 July 2018

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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

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 \

Kids Definition of ointment

: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin

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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