Meaning of PETROLATUM in English


/pe'treuh lay"teuhm, -lah"-/ , n.

a yellowish or whitish, translucent, gelatinous, oily, semisolid, amorphous mass obtained from petroleum: used as a lubricant, rust preventive, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a protective dressing, emollient, and ointment base. Also called petroleum jelly .

[ 1885-90, Amer.; 2 ]

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