- a fatty substance, extracted from wool, used in ointments, cosmetics, waterproof coatings, etc.
Also lan·o·line [lan-l-in, -l-een] /ˈlæn l ɪn, -lˌin/.
Origin of lanolin
Also called wool fat.
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Examples from the Web for lanoline
Oh, Mrs. Lanoline's a dear—she asked for a husband as if he were an umbrella.
This wool fat or lanoline is used in making soap and ointments.A Civic Biology
George William Hunter
Dioscorides was also learned in the preparation of wool fat, which he calls sypum, known to modern pharmacists as lanoline.The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy
Charles John Samuel Thompson
We agreed that Mr. Lanoline's a notty, notty man, and hasn't no business to go on the lardy-da.
Ichthyol, 10 to 20% in lanoline spread on linen and worn at night, often dispels an attack at the beginning.
lanoline (ˈlænəlɪn, -ˌliːn)
- a yellowish viscous substance extracted from wool, consisting of a mixture of esters of fatty acids: used in some ointmentsAlso called: wool fat
C19: via German from Latin lāna wool + oleum oil; see -in
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Word Origin and History for lanoline
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A fatty substance obtained from wool and used in soaps, cosmetics, and ointments.
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- A yellowish-white wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep to coat wool. Lanolin is composed of esters and polyesters of almost seventy alcohols and fatty acids. Since it is easily absorbed by the skin, it is used in soaps, cosmetics, and ointments.
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