Origin of ointmentMiddle English oignement from Old French from Vulgar Latin an unverified form unguimentum, for Classical Latin unguentum (see unguent): the -t- in Eng from associated, association with obsolete verb oint, to anoint
A highly viscous or semisolid substance used on the skin as a cosmetic, emollient, or medicament; a salve.
Origin of ointmentMiddle English oinement from Old French oignement from Vulgar Latin unguimentum from Latin unguentum ; see unguent .
- The official preparation is an ointment which contains one part of the alkaloid in fifty.
- I suggest that you apply a topical ointment to the wound after washing it.
- He Himself spoke mysteriously of His burial, when a woman poured a vase of costly ointment upon His head.
- Powdered, it has little effect upon the skin, but in ointment or used by fumigation it has local therapeutic properties.
- In psoriasis the epidermis separates in flakes at various spots which have not been subjected to pressure, and to cure it ointment containing tar or other products of the dry distillation of wood is employed.