Definition of ointment in English:


Syllabification: oint·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈointmənt


A smooth oily preparation that is rubbed on the skin for medicinal purposes or as a cosmetic.
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  • 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').

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