Ointment is an oily kind of cream that you use to soothe or heal your skin. You might want to apply a bit of ointment to that festering flesh wound on your forehead. Just saying.

Ointment is viscous — in other words, it's somewhere between a solid and a liquid, with a slippery, oily texture. Some medications come in ointment form, while other ointments might be lip balm, a moisturizer for dry skin, or even a cosmetic. The Old French oignement came from the Latin unguentum, from the stem unguere, "to anoint or salve."

Definitions of ointment
  1. noun
    toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
    synonyms: cream, emollient
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    cold cream, coldcream, face cream, vanishing cream
    a cream used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin
    hand cream
    moisturizing cream for the hands
    an emollient containing wool fat (a fatty substance obtained from the wool of sheep)
    nard, spikenard
    an aromatic ointment used in antiquity
    sun blocker, sunblock, sunscreen
    a cream spread on the skin; contains a chemical (as PABA) to filter out ultraviolet light and so protect from sunburn
    type of:
    toilet articles, toiletry
    artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
  2. noun
    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
    synonyms: balm, salve, unction, unguent
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    an ointment used in treating bruises
    baby oil
    an ointment for babies
    an ointment containing a fragrant resin
    carron oil
    an ointment formerly used to treat burns
    a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
    chrism, chrisom, holy oil, sacramental oil
    a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
    lip balm
    a balm applied to the lips
    mentholated salve
    a salve containing menthol
    mercurial ointment
    an ointment containing mercury
    zinc ointment
    an ointment containing zinc that is used to treat certain skin diseases
    camphor ice
    a cerate made of camphor and wax and spermaceti and castor oil
    type of:
    curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
    a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
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