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inunction

[i′nəŋk·shən]
(medicine)
Act of applying an oil or fatty material, especially rubbing an ointment into the skin as a therapeutic measure.
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A total of 1625 patients (53.1%) were treated with both inunction and inhalation, whereas 906 patients (29.6%) were treated only with inunction and 529 patients (17.3%) only with inhalation of Pinimenthol[R] ointment.
Sydenham's therapy consisted of a carefully regulated diet, fresh air in the sick room, abundant liquids, cooling drinks for fever, iron for anemia, mercurial inunctions for syphilis until the patient salivates freely, cooling air for smallpox, horseback riding for patients with tuberculosis to provide fresh air and exercise, his own laudman preparation for heart ailments, powdered deer horn (a form of line) fo dysentry, and cinchona bark for malaria.