[ ih-mol-yuh nt ]
/ ɪˈmɒl yənt /


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

1635–45; < Latin ēmollient- (stem of ēmolliēns) softening up (present participle of ēmollīre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + molli(s) soft + -ent- -ent

Related forms

e·mol·lience, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for emollient


/ (ɪˈmɒlɪənt) /


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

Derived Forms

emollience, noun

Word Origin for emollient

C17: from Latin ēmollīre to soften, from mollis soft
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Medicine definitions for emollient


[ ĭ-mŏlyənt ]


Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.


An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
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