- a fatty substance, extracted from wool, used in ointments, cosmetics, waterproof coatings, etc.
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Preferably here one should use an ointment instead of collodion; salicylic acid 40 parts, vaseline 30 parts and lanolin 30 parts.Touring Afoot
Claude Powell Fordyce
Lanolin is said to surpass in its power of penetration all other bases, but this is not borne out by experience.
Lard, petrolatum (or cosmoline or vaseline), cold cream and lanolin.
Wool′fat, lanolin; Wool′fell, the skin with the wool still on it; Wool′-gath′ering, indulgence of idle fancies.
Evidently this imposingly named product is practically a lanolin ointment containing oil of wintergreen and menthol.
lanoline (ˈlænəlɪn, -ˌliːn)
- a yellowish viscous substance extracted from wool, consisting of a mixture of esters of fatty acids: used in some ointmentsAlso called: wool fat
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Word Origin and History for lanolin
- A fatty substance obtained from wool and used in soaps, cosmetics, and ointments.
- A yellowish-white wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep to coat wool. Lanolin is composed of esters and polyesters of almost seventy alcohols and fatty acids. Since it is easily absorbed by the skin, it is used in soaps, cosmetics, and ointments.