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British pronunciation/ˈɔ‍ɪntmənt/
American pronunciation/ˈɔɪntmənt/
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a substance, usually smooth and oily, rubbed on the skin for medical purposes

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ointment definition and meaning

What is an "ointment"?

An ointment is a semi-solid, greasy substance used in personal care for various skin conditions. It is typically composed of a combination of oils, waxes, and active ingredients. Ointments have a thick consistency that allows them to stay on the skin for longer periods, providing a protective and moisturizing barrier. They are commonly used to treat dryness, minor cuts, burns, rashes, and skin irritations. Ointments can soothe and heal the skin by locking in moisture, reducing friction, and aiding in the regeneration of damaged tissue. Their emollient properties make them suitable for individuals with dry or sensitive skin, offering relief and promoting skin health.

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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

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The mentholated ointment provided relief for nasal congestion.
Special ointments help heal ulcerated skin conditions.
The doctor recommended a special ointment to draw the infection away from the affected area.
The pharmacist recommended a medicinal ointment to relieve the discomfort of the rash.
Dermatologists may recommend creams or ointments to treat skin conditions.
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