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ointment

[oint-muh nt] /ˈɔɪnt mənt/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a soft, unctuous preparation, often medicated, for application to the skin; unguent.
Origin of ointment
1250-1300
1250-1300; obsolete oint (aphetic variant of anoint) + -ment; replacing Middle English oignement < Old French < Vulgar Latin *unguimentum for Latin unguentum; see unguent
Synonyms
salve, balm; nard.
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ointment

/ˈɔɪntmənt/
noun
1.
a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect
2.
a similar substance used as a cosmetic
Word Origin
C14: from Old French oignement, from Latin unguentumunguent
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Word Origin and History for ointment
n.

late 13c., from Old French oignement "ointment, salve, unguent," from Vulgar Latin *unguimentum, from Latin unguentum (see unguent). The first -t- emerged in Old French from oint, past participle of verb oindre "to anoint."

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ointment in Medicine

ointment oint·ment (oint'mənt)
n.
A highly viscous or semisolid preparation usually containing medicinal substances and intended for external application.

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ointment in the Bible

Various fragrant preparations, also compounds for medical purposes, are so called (Ex. 30:25; Ps. 133:2; Isa. 1:6; Amos 6:6; John 12:3; Rev. 18:13).

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