blue ointment

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blue ointment (plural blue ointments)

  1. Mercurial ointment.
    • 1861, Richard Barwell, A Treatise on the Joints, p. 185:
      His arm was placed on a rectangular splint, wrapped in a piece of lint thickly smeared with blue ointment, and the whole covered with oil-silk; and he was ordered a purge of blue pill followed by senna and salts.
    • 1919, Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 73:
      In this article we called attention to the fact that blue ointment was more volatile than calomel.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 115:
      The worst I got was the crabs and I got rid of those with blue ointment.