Definition of ointment in English:

ointment

Line breaks: oint|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈɔɪntm(ə)nt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
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.
Synonyms
lotion, cream, salve, liniment, embrocation, rub, gel, petroleum jelly, balm, emollient, unguent, balsam; pomade, pomatum; calamine lotion, zinc ointment; Medicinedemulcent, humectant
trademark Vaseline, Tiger balm
historical spikenard
archaic unction

Origin

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').

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