— emulsive , adj.
/i mul"sheuhn/ , n.
1. Physical Chem. any colloidal suspension of a liquid in another liquid.
2. such a suspension used in cosmetics.
3. Pharm. a liquid preparation consisting of two completely immiscible liquids, one of which, as minute globules coated by a gum or other mucilaginous substance, is dispersed throughout the other: used as a means of making a medicine palatable.
4. Photog. a composition sensitive to some or all of the actinic rays of light, consisting of one or more of the silver halides suspended in gelatin, applied in a thin layer to one surface of a film or the like.
[ 1605-15; emulsion- (s. of emulsio ), equiv. to L emuls ( us ) milked out ( e- E- + mulsus, ptp. of mulgere to milk) + -ion- -ION ]