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BASE. Something low; inferior. This word is frequently used in composition; as base court, base estate, base fee, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Group I was kept untreated and considered as negative control while Group II was treated with ointment base only and considered as placebo (vehicle) control.
The stability of creams, which are generally oil in water emulsions are much more prone to microbial contamination as the continuous aqueous phase is a much more favorable medium for growth than the fatty continuous phase of an ointment base. Therefore the in-use shelf-life of creams could be shorter than that for ointments even if a preservative is present.
However, moisturizers in an ointment base are usually more effective.
Yissum subsequently applied to the UK Patent Office for an SPC for calcitriol either solely for calcitriol or alternatively for a combination of calcitriol with an ointment base.