ointment ointment  /ˈɔ ɪnt mənt/


  1. (n) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
  2. (n) 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


  1. When ointment containing male sex hormones is rubbed into the comb of a capon, the listless, bedraggled cock gradually turns into a lusty, strutting rooster.
  2. An interferon-based ointment is under development in Israel.
  3. Before that nonspecific immunity fades, an ointment is rubbed on the spot.


  • Massive study yields answers on MRSA prevention

    Bathing all intensive care unit patients with chlorhexidine soap and applying the antibiotic ointment mupirocin is a much more effective way of preventing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections than the typical practice of screening patients for MRSA and then taking infection-control measures, said a cluster-randomized trial of nearly 75,000 patients at 75 ICUs across the country.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: American Medical Association

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