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Meaning of PETROLATUM

Pronunciation:  `petru'leytum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication
 

PETROLATUM is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: mineral jelly, petroleum jelly
 
 See Also: cordite, jelly, mixture, petrolatum gauze, Vaseline

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pet`ro*la"tum\, n. (Chem. & Pharm.)
A semisolid unctuous substance, neutral, and without taste or
odor, derived from petroleum by distilling off the lighter
portions and purifying the residue. It is a yellowish,
fatlike mass, transparent in thin layers, and somewhat
fluorescent. It is used as a bland protective dressing, and
as a substitute for fatty materials in ointments. --U. S.
Pharm.

Note: Petrolatum is the official name for the purified
      product. Cosmoline and vaseline are commercial names
      for substances essentially the same, but differing
      slightly in appearance and consistency or fusibility.

 

 

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