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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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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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