- having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin: emollient lotions for the face.
- an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.
Origin of emollient
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- softening or soothing, esp to the skin
- helping to avoid confrontation; calming
- any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin
C17: from Latin ēmollīre to soften, from mollis soft
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Word Origin and History for emollience
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- Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
- An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
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