A smooth oily substance that is rubbed on the skin for medicinal purposes or as a cosmetic: he rubbed some ointment on his leg [count noun]: scented ointments for the skin
More example sentences
- Apply a moisturizer cream or ointment if the perineal skin is chapped or dry after cleansing.
- Do not apply cream or ointment to broken skin and always follow the instructions on the packet.
- If emollients alone don't treat the condition, the next step is to use a steroid cream or ointment.
Middle English: alteration of Old French oignement, from a popular Latin form of Latin unguentum (see unguent); influenced by obsolete oint 'anoint' (from Old French, past participle of oindre 'anoint').