unguent

[uhng-gwuhnt]
noun
an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin unguentum, alteration (probably by association with the suffixes -men, -mentum) of unguen fat, grease, derivative of unguere to smear, anoint

unguentary [uhng-gwuhn-ter-ee] , adjective
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unguent (ˈʌŋɡwənt)
 
n
a less common name for an ointment
 
[C15: from Latin unguentum, from unguere to anoint]
 
'unguentary
 
adj

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unguent
"ointment," c.1440, from L. unguentem "ointment," from stem of unguere "to anoint or smear with ointment," from PIE base *ongw- "to salve, anoint" (cf. Skt. anakti "anoints, smears," Armenian aucanem "I anoint," O.Pruss. anctan "butter," O.H.G. ancho, Ger. anke "butter," O.Ir. imb, Welsh ymenyn "butter").
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Medical Dictionary

unguent un·guent (ŭng'gwənt)
n.
A soothing or medicinal salve.


un'guen·tar'y (-těr'ē) adj.
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Example sentences
They anointed the fingers with some unguent, and lighted them.
Ripe fruits are considered diuretic, laxative, and unguent.
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