unguent n : semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation [syn: ointment, unction, balm, salve]
EtymologyFrom unguentum, from unguere, from .
- 1809-1812 — William
Combe, Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque
- "Alas!" said Syntax, "could I pop / Just now, upon a blacksmith's shop, / Whose cooling unguents would avail / To save poor Grizzle's ears and tail!"
- 1853 — Nathaniel
- So she put a golden box into his hand, and directed him how to apply the perfumed unguent which it contained, and where to meet her at midnight.
- 1890 — Arthur
Conan Doyle, A
- Thou knowest of old that my temper is somewhat choleric, and my tongue not greased with that unguent which oils the mouths of the lip-serving lords of the land.
An unguent is a soothing topical preparation spread on wounds, burns, rashes, abrasions or other topical injuries. It is similar to an ointment, though typically an unguent is less viscous and more oily.
It is usually delivered as a semi-solid paste spread on the skin and is often oily to suspend the medication or other active ingredients. See also salve.
See alsoCream perfumes
adipose, balm, balsam, blubbery, brilliantine, buttery, butyraceous, cerate, chrism, chrismal, chrismatory, cold cream, collyrium, cream, demulcent, embrocation, emollient, eye-lotion, eyewash, eyewater, face cream, fat, fatty, greasy, hand lotion, inunction, inunctum, lanolin, lardaceous, lardy, lenitive, liniment, lotion, mucoid, nard, oil, oily, ointment, oleaginous, oleic, pomade, pomatum, rich, salve, sebaceous, sleek, slick, slippery, smooth, soapy, soothing syrup, spikenard, suety, tallowy, unction, unctuous, unguentary, unguentous, unguentum, vulnerary