emollient

[ ih-mol-yuh nt ]
/ ɪˈmɒl yənt /

adjective

having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin: emollient lotions for the face.

noun

an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM emollient

e·mol·lience, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for emollient

emollient
/ (ɪˈmɒlɪənt) /

adjective

softening or soothing, esp to the skin
helping to avoid confrontation; calming

noun

any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin

Derived forms of emollient

emollience, noun

Word Origin for emollient

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

emollient
[ ĭ-mŏlyənt ]

adj.

Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.

n.

An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
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