petrolatum

[pe-truh-ley-tuhm, -lah-]
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.
Also called petroleum jelly.


Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; < Neo-Latin; see petroleum, -ate2

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petrolatum (ˌpɛtrəˈleɪtəm)
 
n
mineral jelly, Also called: petroleum jelly a translucent gelatinous substance obtained from petroleum; used as a lubricant and in medicine as an ointment base and protective dressing
 
[C19: from petrol + Latin -atum-ate1]

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petrolatum pet·ro·la·tum (pět'rə-lā'təm)
n.
See petroleum jelly.

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petrolatum

translucent, yellowish to amber or white, unctuous substance having almost no odour or taste, derived from petroleum and used principally in medicine and pharmacy as a protective dressing and as a substitute for fats in ointments and cosmetics. It is also used in many types of polishes and in lubricating greases, rust preventives, and modeling clay.

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Diluting the drug with petrolatum or applying topical corticosteroids to sensitive areas may prevent this problem.
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