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[loh-shuh n] /ˈloʊ ʃən/
Pharmacology. a liquid, usually aqueous or sometimes alcoholic preparation containing insoluble material in the form of a suspension or emulsion, intended for external application without rubbing, in such skin conditions as itching, infection, allergy, pain, or the like.
a liquid cosmetic, usually containing agents for soothing or softening the skin, especially that of the face or hands.
Origin of lotion
1350-1400; Middle English locion < Latin lōtiōn- (stem of lōtiō) a washing. See lotic, -ion Unabridged
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  • He was carrying, insecurely, a jug of poppy-head and camomile, which had been prescribed as a lotion.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • I can only rebandage it again, and give you a lotion to pour over it, from time to time.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • I should hope so,” replied I; “what is it you require—a lotion, or an embrocation?

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • Although we got a lotion to rub on our hands and faces it did not prevent them from biting.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • When Kuratchka had the toothache, Nachman gave him a lotion.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Volatile or fixed alcali as a lotion on the spine, or essential oils.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • It was swelled and painful; he ordered it to be sponged with hot water, and then some lotion was put on.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • In India Dr. Kirkpatrick has used it as a lotion in impetigo.

  • We will just have a few inches cut off, and get a lotion to rub in to help the growth.

    More about Pixie Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for lotion


a liquid preparation having a soothing, cleansing, or antiseptic action, applied to the skin, eyes, etc
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin lōtiō a washing, from lōtus past participle of lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lotion

c.1400, loscion, from Old French lotion (14c.), from Latin lotionem (nominative lotio) "a washing," from lotus, popular form of lautus, past participle of lavere "to wash" (see lave). As a verb, from 1817. Related: Lotioned; lotioning.

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lotion in Medicine

lotion lo·tion (lō'shən)

  1. A medicated preparation consisting of a liquid suspension or dispersion intended for external application.

  2. Any of various externally applied cosmetic liquids.

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