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 of ointment from the Web
Adventure Medical’s lightest first aid kit is perfect for single-day excursions, packing painkillers, bandages, antibiotic ointments, and moleskins into a waterproof pouch the size of a sandwich bag.
I was told to constantly moisturize my new pout with A+D ointment.
South Dakota doctors routinely write prescriptions for everything from painkillers to ointments.
There is nothing like having a bug bite or a killer headache and having to go to a foreign pharmacy, explain what’s wrong, and gamble on mystery pills and ointments (not to mention higher prices).
Beyond the range of grease and ointments, the rules were straightforward.
Before, the CISO would report to the chief information officer, who was responsible for buying and operating computers, not obsessing over flies in the ointment.
Obamacare) by cutting taxes on wealthy Americans and reducing spending on Medicaid, Quinnipiac University dropped a big, juicy fly in the ointment.
Sonar manufactures prescription drugs including topical creams and ointments, antibiotic face wash for acne and sweat-reducing products for Stratus.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
OINTMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of ointment for Students
: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin
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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