[ ih-muhl-shuh n ]
/ ɪˈmʌl ʃən /
Physical Chemistry. any colloidal suspension of a liquid in another liquid.
such a suspension used in cosmetics.
Pharmacology. a liquid preparation consisting of two completely immiscible liquids, one of which, as minute globules coated by a gum or other mucilaginous substance, is dispersed throughout the other: used as a means of making a medicine palatable.
Photography. a composition sensitive to some or all of the actinic rays of light, consisting of one or more of the silver halides suspended in gelatin, applied in a thin layer to one surface of a film or the like.
Origin of emulsion
Related formse·mul·sive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for emulsive
It enters largely into the composition of all the emulsive seeds.
When the milky juice has become once coherent, no means hitherto known can restore it to the emulsive state.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
British Dictionary definitions for emulsive
/ (ɪˈmʌlʃən) /
photog a light-sensitive coating on a base, such as paper or film, consisting of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in gelatine
chem a colloid in which both phases are liquidsan oil-in-water emulsion
Also called: emulsion paint a type of paint in which the pigment is suspended in a vehicle, usually a synthetic resin, that is dispersed in water as an emulsion. It usually gives a mat finish
pharmacol a mixture in which an oily medicine is dispersed in another liquid
any liquid resembling milk
Derived Formsemulsive, adjective
Word Origin for emulsion
C17: from New Latin ēmulsiō, from Latin ēmulsus milked out, from ēmulgēre to milk out, drain out, from mulgēre to milk
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Medicine definitions for emulsive
[ ĭ-mŭl′shən ]
A suspension of small globules of one liquid in a second liquid with which the first will not mix.
Related formse•mul′sive adj.
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Science definitions for emulsive
[ ĭ-mŭl′shən ]
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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