emollient vs ointment what difference

what is difference between emollient and ointment

English

Etymology

From French émollient, from Latin emolliēns, present active participle of ēmolliō (make soft), from ex- + molliō, from mollis (soft).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈmɒl.ɪ.ənt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪˈmɑl.jənt/

Noun

emollient (plural emollients)

  1. Something which softens or lubricates the skin; moisturizer.
    • 2008, Carol A. Miller, Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults (Fifth edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, p. 505,
      [T]he effectiveness of an emollient is based on its ability to prevent water evaporation, []
  2. Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.
    • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas,
      Attentive conversation is an emollient I lack sorely aboard Prophetess & the doctor is a veritable polymath.

Translations

Adjective

emollient (comparative more emollient, superlative most emollient)

  1. Moisturizing.
  2. Soothing or mollifying.

Translations

Related terms

  • mollify

Latin

Verb

ēmollient

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of ēmolliō


English

Alternative forms

  • oyntment (obsolete)

Etymology

A later form (as if oint +‎ -ment) of Middle English oinement, borrowed from Old French oignement (an anointing), from oigner, oindre, ongier (to anoint), from Latin ung(u)ō (I anoint), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃engʷ- (to smear, anoint).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɔɪntm(ə)nt/, [ˈɔ̃ɪ̃(n)ʔ.mɪ̃(n)ʔ]
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔɪn(t)m(ə)nt/
  • Hyphenation: oint‧ment

Noun

ointment (plural ointments)

  1. (medicine) A viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient.
  2. A substance used to anoint, as in religious rituals.

Synonyms

  • salve
  • unguent

Derived terms

  • fly in the ointment
  • ointmentlike

Related terms

Translations

See also

  • cream
  • inunction
  • liniment
  • unction
  • unctuous
  • unguent

Further reading

  • ointment in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • ointment in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • ointment at OneLook Dictionary Search

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