What does inunction mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term inunction:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unction, inunction(noun)

    anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual


  1. inunction(Noun)

    The anointing or rubbing-in of oil or balm.

  2. Origin: From inunctio, from inunctus, past participle of inungo, from in- + ungo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inunction(n.s.)

    The act of smearing or anointing.

    The wise Author of nature hath placed on the rump two glandules, which the bird catches hold upon with her bill, and squeezes out an oily liniment, fit for the inunction of the feathers, and causing their filaments to cohere. John Ray.

  2. Origin: inungo, inunctus, Latin.


  1. inunction

    Inunction is a method of medication administration where a substance, such as an ointment or oil, is rubbed into the skin. This method is often used for local effect, such as pain relief, but can also be used for systemic effect if the medication is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inunction(noun)

    the act of anointing, or the state of being anointed; unction; specifically (Med.), the rubbing of ointments into the pores of the skin, by which medicinal agents contained in them, such as mercury, iodide of potash, etc., are absorbed

  2. Origin: [L. inunctio, fr. inungere, inunctum, to anoint. See 1st In-, and Unction.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inunction

    in-ungk′shun, n. the act of anointing, the process of rubbing into the skin, as an ointment or liniment.—n. Inunctuos′ity, absence of oiliness.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inunction in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inunction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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