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ointment

1. a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect
2. a similar substance used as a cosmetic

Ointment

 

a medication for external use consisting of a base like lanolin or vaseline and a medically active substance.

If the base of an ointment contains more than 25 percent dry powder, the result is paste. Liquid ointments are called liniments. The medical substances in ointments are absorbed by the skin and can exert both a local and a general effect on the body. Ointments containing irritants can produce a systemic effect by reflex reaction.

What does it mean when you dream about ointment?

Ointment in a dream may symbolize the need for a salve to soothe or heal a condition in the dreamer’s life.

ointment

[′ȯint·mənt]
(pharmacology)
A semisolid preparation used for a protective and emollient effect or as a vehicle for the local or endermic administration of medicaments; ointment bases are composed of various mixtures of fats, waxes, animal and vegetable oils, and solid and liquid hydrocarbons.
References in classic literature ?
An inhabitant of Bagdad, Asiatic Turkey, meets with a dervish, or Turkish monk, who presents him with a vast treasure and with a box of magic ointment, which, applied to the left eye, enables one to see the treasures in the bosom of the earth, but on touching the right eye, causes blindness.
Further observation convinced us that it had been regularly frequented, and, as we afterwards conjectured from particular indications, for the purpose of obtaining a certain root, from which the natives obtained a kind of ointment.
Afterwards he plentifully smeared the injured places with some antiseptic ointment, of which there was a pot in the little box, and we covered them with the remains of a pocket-handkerchief which we possessed.
The fly in the ointment, however, was the accusation Tarzan had made against this woman.
But as the fly in his ointment of jovial irresponsibility was his wife, Lenerengo--the prize shrew of Somo, who was as lean about the middle and all the rest of her as her husband was rotund; who was as remarkably sharp-spoken as he was soft-spoken; who was as ceaselessly energetic as he was unceasingly idle; and who had been born with a taste for the world as sour in her mouth as it was sweet in his.
 "An ointment for my cracked and bleeding crown.
But in Peter's ointment of joy there was a fly or two.
This day he learned something, and that he did not lose his life in the learning of it, was a matter of great surprise to Tarzan, and the fly in the ointment, to Tublat.
The only fly in the ointment of my peaceful days was Mrs.
The fly in Ikey's ointment (thrice welcome, pat trope
There was a glass of water on the table, and on the window-sill a small chip ointment box containing a couple of pills.
You are made of spermaceti ointment and you've lymph in your veins instead of blood.