wool fat

wool fat

noun

Origin:
1890–95

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wool fat or wool grease
 
n
another name for lanolin
 
wool grease or wool grease
 
n

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wool fat

purified form of wool grease or wool wax (sometimes erroneously called wool fat), used either alone or with soft paraffin or lard or other fat as a base for ointments, emollients, skin foods, salves, superfatted soaps, and fur dressing. Lanolin, a translucent, yellowish-white, soft, unctuous, tenacious substance, is readily absorbed by the skin and thus makes an ideal base for medicinal products intended to be absorbed.

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