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lotion

[ loh-shuhn ]
/ ˈloʊ ʃən /
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noun

Pharmacology. a liquid, usually aqueous or sometimes alcoholic preparation containing insoluble material in the form of a suspension or emulsion, intended for external application without rubbing, in such skin conditions as itching, infection, allergy, pain, or the like.
a liquid cosmetic, usually containing agents for soothing or softening the skin, especially that of the face or hands.

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Origin of lotion

1350–1400; Middle English locion<Latin lōtiōn- (stem of lōtiō) a washing. See lotic, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for lotion

lotion
/ (ˈləʊʃən) /

noun

a liquid preparation having a soothing, cleansing, or antiseptic action, applied to the skin, eyes, etc
C14: via Old French from Latin lōtiō a washing, from lōtus past participle of lavāre to wash
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for lotion

lotion
[ lōshən ]

n.

A medicated preparation consisting of a liquid suspension or dispersion intended for external application.
Any of various externally applied cosmetic liquids.
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