Ointment meaning

ointmənt
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A fatty substance applied to the skin for healing or cosmetic purposes; salve; unguent.
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A highly viscous or semisolid substance used on the skin as a cosmetic, emollient, or medicament; a salve.
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(medicine) A viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient.
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A highly viscous or semisolid substance used on the skin as a cosmetic, emollient, or medicament; a salve.
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Origin of ointment

  • Middle English oinement from Old French oignement from Vulgar Latin unguimentum from Latin unguentum unguent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A later form (as if oint + -ment) of oinement, from Old French oignement (“an anointing"), from oigner, oindre, ongier (“to anoint"), from Latin unguere, ungere (“to anoint").

    From Wiktionary