Liniment vs. Ointment

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  • Liniment (noun)

    A topical medical preparation intended to be rubbed into the skin with friction, as for example to relieve symptoms of arthritis.

  • Liniment (verb)

    To apply liniment to.

  • Ointment (noun)

    A viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient.

  • Ointment (noun)

    A substance used to anoint, as in religious rituals.

  • Liniment (noun)

    an embrocation for rubbing on the body to relieve pain, especially one made with oil.

  • Ointment (noun)

    a smooth oily substance that is rubbed on the skin for medicinal purposes or as a cosmetic

    "scented ointments for the skin"

    "he rubbed some ointment on his leg"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Liniment (noun)

    A liquid or semiliquid preparation of a consistence thinner than an ointment, applied to the skin by friction, esp. one used as a sedative or a stimulant.

  • Ointment (noun)

    That which serves to anoint; any soft unctuous substance used for smearing or anointing; an unguent.

Webster Dictionary
  • Liniment (noun)

    a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain

  • Ointment (noun)

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

  • Ointment (noun)

    toiletry consisting of any of various substances resembling cream that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin

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