|1.||softening or soothing, esp to the skin|
|2.||helping to avoid confrontation; calming|
|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]|
emollient e·mol·lient (ĭ-mŏl'yənt)
Softening and soothing, especially to the skin. n.
An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
any substance that softens the skin by slowing evaporation of water. Sesame, almond, and olive oils were used in ancient Egypt; beeswax, spermaceti, almond oil, borax, and rosewater in Greece; and lanolin (sheep fat) in medieval Europe. Modern emollients include petrolatum, zinc oxide, paraffin, mineral oil, glycerin, beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, lanolin, cocoa butter, and such synthetics as butyl stearate and diglycol laurate.
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