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[suhn-skreen] /ˈsʌnˌskrin/
a substance formulated to prevent sunburn, skin cancers, and other conditions caused by excessive exposure to the sun, usually by absorbing and reflecting ultraviolet radiation.
Compare SPF.
a lotion, cream, etc., containing such a substance.
a latticework or similar construction to shield a patio, atrium, or the like, from direct sunlight.
Also, sun screen.
Origin of sunscreen
1730-40; sun + screen Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sunscreen
  • First you set up your towel and apply sunscreen, despite the complete absence of sun.
  • If you go the cornrows route in the summer, make sure you put sunscreen on the parts in your hair.
  • Other applications include coatings for the hulls of boats, sunscreen, car parts and refrigerators.
  • Be sure to wear hats and bring sunscreen, plenty of water and a snack if you'll be gone long.
  • He's now trying to use sunscreen after first covering the scorpions with clear tape.
  • For three,sunscreen worn by who knows how many visitors to the reef is more likely to have caused any bleaching.
  • The key is to make sure that a fresh layer of sunscreen is always on the skin, that's the key to protection.
  • Melanin, the brown pigment in the skin, acts as a natural sunscreen.
  • Bring sunscreen, bug repellant, and plenty of water.
  • Some researchers believe the fluorescent protein may act as a sunscreen for the corals reefs.
British Dictionary definitions for sunscreen


a cream or lotion applied to exposed skin to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun
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Word Origin and History for sunscreen

as a type of lotion applied to the skin, by 1954, from sun (n.) + screen (n.).

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sunscreen in Medicine

sunscreen sun·screen (sŭn'skrēn')
A preparation, often in the form of a cream or lotion, used to protect the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

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