Origin of emollient
Examples from the Web for emollient
Rubenstein listened and as an emollient agreed to an in-house investigation.The Latino Fight to Be Included in the Kennedy Center Honors|Sandra McElwaine|November 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As an emollient and soothing dressing to excoriations, irritable ulcers, &c.
Demulcent and emollient; principally used for poultices and fomentations.Cattle and Their Diseases|Robert Jennings
The above ointment is reputed to be emollient and cooling, and has always been a great favourite with the common people.
A useful liniment for this disorder may be made of two ounces of emollient ointment, and half an ounce of laudanum.
It was attempted to relieve this induration by emollient fomentations.Four Years in France|Henry Digby Beste
British Dictionary definitions for emollient
Word Origin for emollient
Word Origin and History for emollient
1640s, from French émollient (16c.), from Latin emollientem (nominative emolliens), present participle of emollire "soften," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mollire "soften," from mollis "soft" (see melt (v.)). The noun is recorded from 1650s.