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Definition of Zinc ointment

Zinc ointment: A topical preparation that contains zinc and is applied to protect the skin from irritation or sunburn. Zinc ointment is also often the basis for commercial preparations for preventing diaper rash. It should not be used on skin that is already broken or irritated, however.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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