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mineral oil

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 of mineral oil
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • mineral-oil lamps introduced the danger of explosions of the vapors produced by evaporation.

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British Dictionary definitions for mineral-oil

mineral oil

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

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 in Science
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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