Ointment vs Balm - What's the difference?

ointment | balm |

Ointment is a see also of balm.


As nouns the difference between ointment and balm

is that ointment is (medicine) a viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient while balm is any of various aromatic resins exuded from certain plants, especially trees of the genus commiphora of africa, arabia and india and (taxlink) of south america.

As a verb balm is

(archaic) to anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

ointment

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (medicine) A viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient.
  • Synonyms

    * salve * unguent

    Derived terms

    * fly in the ointment

    See also

    * cream * inunction * liniment * unction * unctuous * unguent

    balm

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any of various aromatic resins exuded from certain plants, especially trees of the genus Commiphora'' of Africa, Arabia and India and ''Myroxylon of South America.
  • A plant or tree yielding such substance.
  • Any soothing oil or lotion, especially an aromatic one.
  • There is a balm in Gilead.... (Spiritual)
  • (figuratively) Something soothing.
  • Classical music is a sweet balm for our sorrows.
  • Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Melissa , such as lemon balm () or bee balm.
  • Synonyms

    * (aromatic resin) balsam * (plant or tree) balsam * (soothing oil or lotion) balsam * (something soothing) balsam

    See also

    * lotion * ointment * unguent

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal.
  • (figurative) To soothe; to mitigate.
  • (Shakespeare)

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