a viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient. (compare with cream)
See Also: anoint

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  • Ointment — Oint ment, n. [OE. oinement, OF. oignement, fr. F. oindre to anoint, L. ungere, unguere; akin to Skr. a[ n]j, and to G. anke (in Switzerland) butter. The first t in the E. word is due to the influence of anoint. Cf. {Anoint}, {Unguent}.] That… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ointment — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. oignement, from V.L. *unguimentum, from L. unguentum (see UNGUENT (Cf. unguent)). The first t emerged in O.Fr. from oint, pp. of verb oindre to anoint …   Etymology dictionary

  • ointment — [n] cream for treatment balm, cerate, demulcent, dressing, embrocation, emollient, lenitive, liniment, lotion, medicine, salve, unguent; concepts 311,466 …   New thesaurus

  • ointment — ► NOUN ▪ a smooth substance that is rubbed on the skin for medicinal purposes. ORIGIN Old French oignement, from Latin unguentum, from unguere anoint …   English terms dictionary

  • ointment — [oint′mənt] n. [ME oignement < OFr < VL * unguimentum, for L unguentum (see UNGUENT): the t in Eng from assoc. with obs. v. oint, to anoint] a fatty substance applied to the skin for healing or cosmetic purposes; salve; unguent …   English World dictionary

  • Ointment — An ointment is a viscous semisolid preparation used topically on a variety of body surfaces. These include the skin and the mucus membranes of the eye (an eye ointment ), vagina, anus, and nose. An ointment may or may not be… …   Wikipedia

  • ointment — n. 1) to apply, rub in, rub on an ointment 2) a skin ointment * * * [ ɔɪntmənt] rub in rub on an ointment a skin ointment to apply …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ointment — [[t]ɔ͟ɪntmənt[/t]] ointments 1) N MASS An ointment is a smooth thick substance that is put on sore skin or a wound to help it heal. A range of ointments and creams is available for the treatment of eczema... I saw his legs being bathed and new… …   English dictionary

  • ointment — noun … OF OINTMENT ▪ tube VERB + OINTMENT ▪ apply, put on, rub on ▪ He put some ointment on the cut. ▪ use …   Collocations dictionary

  • Ointment — A medication preparation that is applied topically (onto the skin). An ointment has an oil base whereas a cream is water soluble. (The word ointment comes from the Latin ungere meaning anoint with oil). * * * A semisolid preparation usually… …   Medical dictionary

  • ointment — UK [ˈɔɪntmənt] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms ointment : singular ointment plural ointments a thick smooth substance that you put on sore or injured skin • See: fly II …   English dictionary

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