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[ ih-muhl-suh-fahy ]
/ ɪˈmʌl səˌfaɪ /

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

to make into or form an emulsion.

Nearby words

emulous, emulously, emuls., emulsification, emulsifier, emulsify, emulsion, emulsoid, emunctory, emv, en

Origin of emulsify

1855–60; < Latin ēmuls(us) (see emulsion) + -ify
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British Dictionary definitions for emulsify


/ (ɪˈmʌlsɪˌfaɪ) /

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.

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Medicine definitions for emulsify


[ ĭ-mŭlsə-fī′ ]


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


[ ĭ-mŭlshən ]

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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