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lanolin

[ lan-l-in ]

noun

  1. a fatty substance, extracted from wool, used in ointments, cosmetics, waterproof coatings, etc.


lanolin

/ ˈlænəlɪn; ˈlænəlɪn; ˈlænəˌleɪtɪd; -ˌliːn /

noun

  1. a yellowish viscous substance extracted from wool, consisting of a mixture of esters of fatty acids: used in some ointments Also calledwool fat


lanolin

/ lănə-lĭn /

  1. 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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Derived Forms

  • lanolated, adjective

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Other Words From

  • lan·o·lat·ed [lan, -l-ey-tid], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lanolin1

1880–85; < Latin lān ( a ) wool + -ol 2 + -in 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lanolin1

C19: via German from Latin lāna wool + oleum oil; see -in

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Example Sentences

Evidently this imposingly named product is practically a lanolin ointment containing oil of wintergreen and menthol.

According to the statements of the manufacturers, Bengus Analgesic Balm contains menthol, salicylate of methyl and lanolin.

Lanolin is said to surpass in its power of penetration all other bases, but this is not borne out by experience.

Wool′fat, lanolin; Wool′fell, the skin with the wool still on it; Wool′-gath′ering, indulgence of idle fancies.

The classical Singer Sewing Machine decision and the lanolin case are in point.

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