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A later form (as if oint + -ment) of oinement, from Old French oignement (“an anointing”), from oigner, oindre, ongier (“to anoint”), from Latin ung(u)ō (“I anoint”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃engʷ- (“anoint”).
ointment (plural ointments)
- (medicine) A viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient.
- A substance used to anoint, as in religious rituals.
viscous preparation, usually containing medication