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[ih-muhl-suh-fahy] /ɪˈmʌl səˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), emulsified, emulsifying.
to make into or form an emulsion.
Origin of emulsify
1855-60; < Latin ēmuls(us) (see emulsion) + -ify
Related forms
emulsifiable, emulsible, adjective
emulsifiability, emulsibility, noun
emulsification, noun
emulsifier, noun
unemulsified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for emulsify
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  • emulsify evenly by shaking (either by hand or in a shaking machine) for ten minutes.

  • emulsify the butter in the tomato, add to the water, and put in a saucepan over the fire, being careful not to scorch.

  • These soaps also possess a high solvent power for mineral oils and emulsify very readily.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • Its chief purpose is to emulsify fats and to supply the alimentary tract with the requisite amount of moisture.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
  • In any method it is necessary to saponify or emulsify the grease on the grain, or difficulties occur in dyeing and finishing.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • They also saponify and emulsify the grease, and it is obvious, therefore, that liming can be carried too far.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for emulsify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or form into an emulsion
Derived Forms
emulsifiable, emulsible, adjective
emulsification, noun
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Word Origin and History for emulsify

1853, from Latin emulsus, past participle of emulgere "to milk out" (see emulsion) + -fy. Related: emulsified.

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emulsify in Medicine

emulsify e·mul·si·fy (ĭ-mŭl'sə-fī')
v. e·mul·si·fied, e·mul·si·fy·ing, e·mul·si·fies
To make into an emulsion.

e·mul'si·fi·ca'tion (-fĭ-kā'shən) n.
e·mul'si·fi'er n.
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emulsify in Science
A suspension of tiny droplets of one liquid in a second liquid. By making an emulsion, one can mix two liquids that ordinarily do not mix well, such as oil and water. Compare aerosol, foam.

emulsify verb
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