liniment

[lin-uh-muhnt]
noun
a liquid or semiliquid preparation for rubbing on or applying to the skin, as for sprains or bruises, usually soothing or counterirritating.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin linīmentum ointment, equivalent to linī(re) (for Latin linere to smear) + -mentum -ment

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liniment (ˈlɪnɪmənt)
 
n
a medicated liquid, usually containing alcohol, camphor, and an oil, applied to the skin to relieve pain, stiffness, etc
 
[C15: from Late Latin linīmentum, from linere to smear, anoint]

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liniment
c.1420, from L.L. linimentum "a soft ointment," from L. linire, earlier linere "to daub, smear," from PIE base *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (see lime (1)).
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liniment lin·i·ment (lĭn'ə-mənt)
n.
A liquid preparation rubbed into the skin or gums as a counterirritant, rubefacient, anodyne, or cleansing agent.

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Example sentences
He noticed details, from the paint-chipped walls to the hazy air tinged with cigar smoke and liniment.
The company's on-site physician downplayed the employee's injuries and told her to apply liniment and return to work the next day.
He could also get a bandage, a haircut, or horse liniment for his sore muscles.
Every family had a liniment of their own compounding the virtues of which they proudly boasted.
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