Definition of liniment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlinəmənt/


A liquid or lotion, especially one made with oil, for rubbing on the body to relieve pain.
Example sentences
  • One popular therapy at this time (which continues today in China) was the combination of anmo with herbal ointments, liniments and salves derived from the Chinese materia medica.
  • His mother's liniment was prime stuff, and allowed him to move the limb often enough to keep the kinks worked out.
  • Oil of wintergreen, also known as methyl salicylate, is a time-honored rub or liniment used for sprains, strains, aches, pains and arthritis.


Late Middle English: from late Latin linimentum, from Latin linire 'to smear'.

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