light mineral oil

noun Chemistry.
See under mineral oil.
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mineral oil

noun
a colorless, oily, almost tasteless, water-insoluble liquid, usually of either a standard light density (light mineral oil) or a standard heavy density (heavy mineral oil) consisting of mixtures of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum by distillation: used chiefly as a lubricant, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a laxative.
Also called liquid petrolatum.


Origin:
1795–1805

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mineral oil
 
n
1.  (Brit) any oil of mineral origin, esp petroleum
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): liquid paraffin a colourless almost tasteless oily liquid obtained by petroleum distillation and used as a laxative

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mineral oil n.

  1. Any of various light hydrocarbon oils, especially a distillate of petroleum.

  2. A refined distillate of petroleum, used as a laxative.

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mineral oil  
A colorless, odorless, tasteless oil distilled from petroleum. It is used as a lubricant and, in medicine, as a laxative.
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The pesticide is mixed with a light mineral oil and applied as an ultra-low volume spray.
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