Etymology
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liniment (n.)

"oily liquid for external application," early 15c., a term in medicine, from Late Latin linimentum "a soft ointment," from Latin linire, collateral form of earlier linere "to daub, smear," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (see slime (n.)).

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Definitions of liniment

liniment (n.)
a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain;
Synonyms: embrocation
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