Definition of ointment in English:

ointment

noun

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

    • ‘The ointment keeps a heavy scab from forming and may reduce the size of a scar.’
    • ‘The doctor might recommend creams, ointments, or lotions to ease symptoms.’
    • ‘The cost of skin barriers and ointments is a drop in the bucket compared with the costs and ramifications from such problems.’
    • ‘Nowadays the condition is treatable with tetracycline eye ointment and tetracycline taken orally.’
    • ‘Do not apply cream or ointment to broken skin and always follow the instructions on the packet.’
    • ‘When the source of moisture cannot be controlled, it is appropriate to use barrier creams or ointments to protect the skin.’
    • ‘If emollients alone don't treat the condition, the next step is to use a steroid cream or ointment.’
    • ‘Always talk to your health care provider before using any medicated creams or ointments to treat skin problems.’
    • ‘Calcipotriol is available as a cream or ointment to treat plaque psoriasis and as a lotion for scalp psoriasis.’
    • ‘Are ointments and creams smooth and nongritty?’
    • ‘Your will need to wash your face several times a day with a gentle cleanser, and apply antibiotic ointment or cream to aid healing.’
    • ‘Some burns units treat difficult wounds such as facial burns by leaving them exposed and applying antimicrobial ointment.’
    • ‘In the past, treatment generally consisted of the use of topical corticosteroids in the form of creams, ointments, and lotions.’
    • ‘She was prescribed sulphur ointment, which began to heal her infected skin.’
    • ‘Doctors call these drugs vasodilators and they are available in a variety of forms, including tablets, sprays, skin patches and ointments.’
    • ‘Your GP will give you a course of oral antibiotics and/or an antibiotic cream or ointment.’
    • ‘Apply a moisturizer cream or ointment if the perineal skin is chapped or dry after cleansing.’
    • ‘He had been applying a topical antibiotic ointment to the wound three times a day.’
    • ‘Prescription creams, ointments and lotions (called topical medicines) that you put on the affected areas are often used.’
    • ‘Be sure to talk with your doctor if you are using a steroid cream or ointment to treat your itching.’
    lotion, cream, salve, liniment, embrocation, rub, gel, petroleum jelly, balm, emollient, unguent, balsam
    pomade, pomatum
    calamine lotion, zinc ointment
    demulcent, humectant
    vaseline, tiger balm
    spikenard
    unction
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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).

Pronunciation:

ointment

/ˈointmənt/