- 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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Demulcent and emollient; principally used for poultices and fomentations.Cattle and Their Diseases
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The plant is medicinal, yielding an astringent as well as an emollient.Flowers of Mountain and Plain
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They eulogised, at the same time, the emollient properties of the dog's-tooth.Everyday Objects
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Emollient; used to soften and ripen tumours, indurations, &c.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- 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 emollient
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
- An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
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