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lanolin

[ lan-l-in ]
/ ˈlæn l ɪn /
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noun
a fatty substance, extracted from wool, used in ointments, cosmetics, waterproof coatings, etc.
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Also lan·o·line [lan-l-in, -l-een]. /ˈlæn l ɪn, -lˌin/.
Also called wool fat.

Origin of lanolin

1880–85; <Latin lān(a) wool + -ol2 + -in2

OTHER WORDS FROM lanolin

lan·o·lat·ed [lan-l-ey-tid], /ˈlæn lˌeɪ tɪd/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lanolin

lanolin

lanoline (ˈlænəlɪn, -ˌliːn)

/ (ˈlænəlɪn) /

noun
a yellowish viscous substance extracted from wool, consisting of a mixture of esters of fatty acids: used in some ointmentsAlso called: wool fat

Derived forms of lanolin

lanolated (ˈlænəˌleɪtɪd), adjective

Word Origin for lanolin

C19: via German from Latin lāna wool + oleum oil; see -in
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Scientific definitions for lanolin

lanolin
[ lănə-lĭn ]

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.
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