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petrolatum

[pe-truh-ley-tuh m, -lah-] /ˌpɛ trəˈleɪ təm, -ˈlɑ-/
noun
1.
a yellowish or whitish, translucent, gelatinous, oily, semisolid, amorphous mass obtained from petroleum: used as a lubricant, rust preventive, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a protective dressing, emollient, and ointment base.
Also called petroleum jelly.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; < Neo-Latin; see petroleum, -ate2
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British Dictionary definitions for petrolatum

petrolatum

/ˌpɛtrəˈleɪtəm/
noun
1.
a translucent gelatinous substance obtained from petroleum; used as a lubricant and in medicine as an ointment base and protective dressing Also called mineral jelly, petroleum jelly
Word Origin
C19: from petrol + Latin -atum-ate1
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petrolatum in Medicine

petrolatum pet·ro·la·tum (pět'rə-lā'təm)
n.
See petroleum jelly.

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Encyclopedia Article for petrolatum

translucent, yellowish to amber or white, unctuous substance having almost no odour or taste, derived from petroleum and used principally in medicine and pharmacy as a protective dressing and as a substitute for fats in ointments and cosmetics. It is also used in many types of polishes and in lubricating greases, rust preventives, and modeling clay.

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