inunction

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From Latin inunctio, from inunctus, past participle of inungo (anoint), from in- + ungo (anoint), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃engʷ- (anoint).

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inunction (plural inunctions)

  1. The anointing or rubbing in of oil or balm.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.5.3.i:
      Besides these fomentations, irrigations, inunctions, odoraments, prescribed for the head, there must be the like used for the liver, spleen, stomach, hyperchondries, etc.

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