[loh-shuh n]


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

1350–1400; Middle English locion < Latin lōtiōn- (stem of lōtiō) a washing. See lotic, -ion
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Examples from the Web for lotion

Contemporary Examples of lotion

Historical Examples of lotion

  • He was carrying, insecurely, a jug of poppy-head and camomile, which had been prescribed as a lotion.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • 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?

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for lotion



a liquid preparation having a soothing, cleansing, or antiseptic action, applied to the skin, eyes, etc

Word Origin for lotion

C14: via Old French from Latin lōtiō a washing, from lōtus past participle of lavāre to wash
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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.

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lotion in Medicine




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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