emollience

emollient

[ih-mol-yuhnt]
adjective
1.
having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin: emollient lotions for the face. relieving, palliative, healing, assuasive.
noun
2.
an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.

Origin:
1635–45; < Latin ēmollient- (stem of ēmolliēns) softening up (present participle of ēmollīre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + molli(s) soft + -ent- -ent

emollience, noun
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emollient (ɪˈmɒlɪənt)
 
adj
1.  softening or soothing, esp to the skin
2.  helping to avoid confrontation; calming
 
n
3.  any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin
 
[C17: from Latin ēmollīre to soften, from mollis soft]
 
e'mollience
 
n

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emollient
1643, from Fr. emollient, from L. emollientem (nom. emolliens), prp. of emollire "soften," from ex- "out" + mollire "soften," from mollis "soft."
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emollient e·mol·lient (ĭ-mŏl'yənt)
adj.
Softening and soothing, especially to the skin. n.
An agent that softens or soothes the skin.

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