mineral oil

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noun

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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Examples from the Web for mineral oil

  • Mineral-oil lamps introduced the danger of explosions of the vapors produced by evaporation.

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British Dictionary definitions for mineral oil

mineral oil


noun

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
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Medicine definitions for mineral oil

mineral oil


n.

Any of various light hydrocarbon oils, especially a distillate of petroleum.
A refined distillate of petroleum, used as a laxative.
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Science definitions for mineral oil

mineral oil


A colorless, odorless, tasteless oil distilled from petroleum. It is used as a lubricant and, in medicine, as a laxative.
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