ointment

ointment is a topic covered in the Taber's Medical Dictionary.

To view the entire topic, please or .

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 24th Edition Online + App from F.A. Davis and Unbound Medicine. Find 75,000 medical and nursing definitions. Download to iPhone, iPad, and Android. Explore these free sample topics:

-- The first section of this topic is shown below --

(oynt′mĕnt)

To hear audio pronunciation of this topic, purchase a subscription or log in.

[Fr. oignement]
A viscous, semisolid vehicle used to apply medicines to the skin. Ointments differ from creams or lotions in their superior ability to occlude the skin and improve the uptake of drugs. The base or vehicle of an ointment typically includes petrolatum, fats, oils, resins, or water-based or water-soluble compounds.
SYN: SEE: salve; SEE: unguent

-- To view the remaining sections of this topic, please or --

(oynt′mĕnt)

To hear audio pronunciation of this topic, purchase a subscription or log in.

[Fr. oignement]
A viscous, semisolid vehicle used to apply medicines to the skin. Ointments differ from creams or lotions in their superior ability to occlude the skin and improve the uptake of drugs. The base or vehicle of an ointment typically includes petrolatum, fats, oils, resins, or water-based or water-soluble compounds.
SYN: SEE: salve; SEE: unguent

There's more to see -- the rest of this entry is available only to subscribers.