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



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.


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.
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When we took up this project, we followed the Ayurvedic methodology to prepare an ointment to cure this disease.
Consequently in defining what the product is for the purposes of the SPC regulation, one must discount the carrier used in preparing the ointment leaving only calcitriol.
Two months later, Astellas began enrolling patients in a phase IV prospective study to evaluate the long-term safety of tacrolirnus ointment in patients who first began using it for the treatment of atopic dermatitis prior to age 16 years, for a minimum of 6 weeks (either continuously or intermittently).
Ointment pots that broadly date to the Victorian and Edwardian period are very collectable because of their seemingly wild claims, their relatively small size and the significant variety that are now known.
Even without a broomstick, the witches' ointment will thus make you fly to a demonic Sabbath.
Dr Yu, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, said: "It shows that something as basic as a herbal ointment can save a life.
An arnica ointment is also available for purchase at many herbal outlets and natural food stores.
Because their main ingredient is water, the consistency of creams is thicker than that of lotions yet thinner than ointments.
Early in the settlement of America, an ointment of fresh arborvitae leaves with bear's fat was considered a relief from rheumatism.
The effectiveness silver nitrate drops and tetracycline ointment were compared in a study from Kenya.
M2 EQUITYBITES-December 15, 2016-Pfizer wins US FDA approval for EUCRISA ointment 2% for the treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis