follow Dictionary.com

Write a Super Short Story to win an iPod!

emulsion

[ih-muhl-shuh n] /ɪˈmʌl ʃən/
noun
1.
Physical Chemistry. any colloidal suspension of a liquid in another liquid.
2.
such a suspension used in cosmetics.
3.
Pharmacology. a liquid preparation consisting of two completely immiscible liquids, one of which, as minute globules coated by a gum or other mucilaginous substance, is dispersed throughout the other: used as a means of making a medicine palatable.
4.
Photography. a composition sensitive to some or all of the actinic rays of light, consisting of one or more of the silver halides suspended in gelatin, applied in a thin layer to one surface of a film or the like.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Neo-Latin ēmulsiōn- (stem of ēmulsiō), equivalent to Latin ēmuls(us) milked out (ē- e-1 + mulsus, past participle of mulgēre to milk) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
emulsive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for emulsive

emulsion

/ɪˈmʌlʃən/
noun
1.
(photog) a light-sensitive coating on a base, such as paper or film, consisting of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in gelatine
2.
(chem) a colloid in which both phases are liquids: an oil-in-water emulsion
3.
Also called emulsion paint. a type of paint in which the pigment is suspended in a vehicle, usually a synthetic resin, that is dispersed in water as an emulsion. It usually gives a mat finish
4.
(pharmacol) a mixture in which an oily medicine is dispersed in another liquid
5.
any liquid resembling milk
Derived Forms
emulsive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin ēmulsiō, from Latin ēmulsus milked out, from ēmulgēre to milk out, drain out, from mulgēre to milk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for emulsive

emulsion

n.

1610s, from French émulsion (16c.), from Modern Latin emulsionem (nominative emulsio), from emulsus, past participle of emulgere "to milk out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mulgere "to milk" (see milk (n.)). Milk is a classic instance of an emulsion, drops of one liquid dispersed throughout another.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
emulsive in Medicine

emulsion e·mul·sion (ĭ-mŭl'shən)
n.
A suspension of small globules of one liquid in a second liquid with which the first will not mix.


e·mul'sive adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
emulsive in Science
emulsion
  (ĭ-mŭl'shən)   
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
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for emulsive

13
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for emulsive