- a colorless, oily, almost tasteless, water-insoluble liquid, usually of either a standard light density (light mineral oil) or a standard heavy density (heavy mineral oil), consisting of mixtures of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum by distillation: used chiefly as a lubricant, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a laxative.
Origin of mineral oil
First recorded in 1795–1805
Also called liquid petrolatum.
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Mineral-oil lamps introduced the danger of explosions of the vapors produced by evaporation.Artificial Light
- British any oil of mineral origin, esp petroleum
- US and Canadian a colourless almost tasteless oily liquid obtained by petroleum distillation and used as a laxativeAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): liquid paraffin
- Any of various light hydrocarbon oils, especially a distillate of petroleum.
- A refined distillate of petroleum, used as a laxative.
- A colorless, odorless, tasteless oil distilled from petroleum. It is used as a lubricant and, in medicine, as a laxative.
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