petroleum jelly

petroleum jelly

petrolatum [pe-truh-ley-tuh m, -lah-] 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 British Dictionary definitions for petroleum jelly petroleum jelly noun another name 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 petroleum jelly in Medicine petroleum jelly n. A colorless-to-amber semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and used in medicinal ointments.petrolatum 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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