verb (used with or without object), e·mul·si·fied, e·mul·si·fy·ing.

to make into or form an emulsion.

Origin of emulsify

1855–60; < Latin ēmuls(us) (see emulsion) + -ify
Related formse·mul·si·fi·a·ble, e·mul·si·ble, adjectivee·mul·si·fi·a·bil·i·ty, e·mul·si·bil·i·ty, noune·mul·si·fi·ca·tion, noune·mul·si·fi·er, nounun·e·mul·si·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for emulsify

Historical Examples of emulsify

  • Emulsify the butter in the tomato, add to the water, and put in a saucepan over the fire, being careful not to scorch.

  • These soaps also possess a high solvent power for mineral oils and emulsify very readily.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • Its chief purpose is to emulsify fats and to supply the alimentary tract with the requisite amount of moisture.

    Encyclopedia of Diet

    Eugene Christian

  • Emulsify evenly by shaking (either by hand or in a shaking machine) for ten minutes.

  • In any method it is necessary to saponify or emulsify the grease on the grain, or difficulties occur in dyeing and finishing.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for emulsify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to make or form into an emulsion
Derived Formsemulsifiable or emulsible, adjectiveemulsification, noun
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Word Origin and History for emulsify

1853, from Latin emulsus, past participle of emulgere "to milk out" (see emulsion) + -fy. Related: emulsified.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

emulsify in Medicine




To make into an emulsion.
Related formse•mul′si•fi•cation (-fĭ-kāshən) n.
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emulsify in Science



A suspension of tiny droplets of one liquid in a second liquid. By making an emulsion, one can mix two liquids that ordinarily do not mix well, such as oil and water. Compare aerosol foam.
Related formsemulsify verb
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