Meaning of EMULSION in English


Pronunciation: i- ' m ə l-sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: New Latin emulsion-, emulsio, from Latin emulg ē re to milk out, from e- + mulg ē re to milk; akin to Old English melcan to milk, Greek amelgein

Date: 1612

1 a : a system (as fat in milk) consisting of a liquid dispersed with or without an emulsifier in an immiscible liquid usually in droplets of larger than colloidal size b : the state of such a system

2 : SUSPENSION 2B(3) especially : a suspension of a sensitive silver salt or a mixture of silver halides in a viscous medium (as a gelatin solution) forming a coating on photographic plates, film, or paper

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