Meaning of inunction in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈnʌŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n/


mass nounMedicine
  • The rubbing of ointment or oil into the skin.

    ‘Inhalation enables the oils to pass into the bloodstream via the lungs, and inunction through the skin.’
    • ‘Ethyl linoleate was applied dropwise, after which it was spread by inunction to the donor site.’
    • ‘Treatment can be administered by injection, by inunction and by the oral route.’
    • ‘Cod-liver Oil may also be used by inunction, in the foregoing disorders, but it is best administered internally, and in the following diseases, viz.’
    • ‘Apply to the affected areas 2 to 3 times daily by gentle inunction.’


Late 15th century from Latin inunctio(n-), from inunguere ‘smear on’.