petrolatum [pe-truh-ley-tuh m, -lah-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a yellowish or whitish, translucent, gelatinous, oily, semisolid, amorphous mass obtained from petroleum: used as a lubricant, rust preventive, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a protective dressing, emollient, and ointment base.

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  • Origin of petrolatum 1885–90, Americanism; New Latin; see petroleum, -ate2 Also called petroleum jelly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petrolatum Historical Examples of petrolatum

  • He is aware of the fact that petrolatum is not a fat in the true sense of the word.

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  • The absorbing medium is then treated with a solvent of the caffeol, and the solution is separated from the petrolatum.

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  • See that solids are thoroughly pulverized and sifted, then add and thoroughly incorporate oil and petrolatum.

    Burroughs’ Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

    Barkham Burroughs

  • Melt the petrolatum and add the tincture of cantharides, and while cooling add the other ingredients.

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  • Melt the petrolatum and wax together and add the tannin while cooling; add the oils and stir until cold.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for petrolatum petrolatum noun a translucent gelatinous substance obtained from petroleum; used as a lubricant and in medicine as an ointment base and protective dressingAlso called: mineral jelly, petroleum jelly Word Origin for petrolatum C19: from petrol + Latin -atum -ate 1 Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 petrolatum in Medicine petrolatum [pĕt′rə-lā′təm] n. petroleum jelly The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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