- 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.
Origin of lotion
Examples from the Web for lotion
Similar to fixating on the bottle of lotion while sitting in lockup, I kept asking after my notepad.I Was Arrested at Occupy Bronx—for Writing About It
December 10, 2011
He was carrying, insecurely, a jug of poppy-head and camomile, which had been prescribed as a lotion.The Manxman
I can only rebandage it again, and give you a lotion to pour over it, from time to time.No Surrender!
G. A. Henty
I should hope so,” replied I; “what is it you require—a lotion, or an embrocation?Japhet in Search of a Father
Although we got a lotion to rub on our hands and faces it did not prevent them from biting.A Soldier's Life
Edwin G. Rundle
When Kuratchka had the toothache, Nachman gave him a lotion.Jewish Children
Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
- a liquid preparation having a soothing, cleansing, or antiseptic action, applied to the skin, eyes, etc
Word Origin and History for lotion
c.1400, loscion, from Old French lotion (14c.), from Latin lotionem (nominative lotio) "a washing," from lotus, popular form of lautus, past participle of lavere "to wash" (see lave). As a verb, from 1817. Related: Lotioned; lotioning.
- A medicated preparation consisting of a liquid suspension or dispersion intended for external application.
- Any of various externally applied cosmetic liquids.