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emollient

[ih-mol-yuh nt] /ɪˈmɒl yənt/
adjective
1.
having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin:
emollient lotions for the face.
noun
2.
an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.
Origin of emollient
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin ēmollient- (stem of ēmolliēns) softening up (present participle of ēmollīre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + molli(s) soft + -ent- -ent
Related forms
emollience, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for emollience

emollient

/ɪˈmɒlɪənt/
adjective
1.
softening or soothing, esp to the skin
2.
helping to avoid confrontation; calming
noun
3.
any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin
Derived Forms
emollience, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmollīre to soften, from mollis soft
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Word Origin and History for emollience

emollient

adj.

1640s, from French émollient (16c.), from Latin emollientem (nominative emolliens), present participle of emollire "soften," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mollire "soften," from mollis "soft" (see melt (v.)). The noun is recorded from 1650s.

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emollience in Medicine

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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