American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A highly viscous or semisolid substance used on the skin as a cosmetic, emollient, or medicament; a salve.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fatty or unctuous preparation of such a consistency as to be easily applied to the skin by inunction, gradually liquefying when in contact with it. In American pharmacy, ointments differ from the cerates, which are of similar composition, in having a softer consistence and lower melting-temperature. In British pharmacy, the cerates are included among the ointments.
- n. Spermaceti, white wax, oil of almonds, and glycerin.
- n. In the German pharmacopoeia, glycerite of starch.
- n. medicine A viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which serves to anoint; any soft unctuous substance used for smearing or anointing; an unguent.
- A later form (as if oint + -ment) of oinement, from Old French oignement ("an anointing"), from oigner, oindre, ongier ("to anoint"), from Latin unguere, ungere ("to anoint"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English oinement, from Old French oignement, from Vulgar Latin *unguimentum, from Latin unguentum; see unguent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The real fly in the ointment is that fact that you can be guaranteed to have a Lib Dem conference spoilt each year by some nutty motion which might attract the headlines, but puts the party in the dock with the public.”
“Maybe if Mommy would rub the Desytin ointment in real good he would be able to answer questions.”
“A very important fly in the ointment is that many German producers opt out of the official system and have their private systems, e.g. Grosses Gewächs, etc. with no dryness/sweetness indicator; one is supposed to know and perhaps Germans, to whom most of these are sold, do know?”
“Periocular ulcerative dermatitis associated with gentamicin ointment prophylaxis in newborns.”
“The fly in the ointment is that in a lot of the foreclosure-heavy areas, that $1500-$1800 spread is actually $1500-$4200, after the two year teaser rate mortgage has reset and the rate jumps.”
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“I have skin as thin as an onion, but I assure you this cream was the thing that really promoted healing of my breasts, I used it and lanolin but it was easier to tolerate because the nipple ointment is so soft and the lanolin made me scream to get it spread on.”
“If betamethasone ointment is unavailable, mometasone ointment (15 grams) can be used instead.”
“Of course the fly in the ointment is that publishing content is not as simple as just creating that content and hitting 'GO'.”
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