mineral oil

noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples of mineral oil

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

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh


British Dictionary definitions for mineral oil

mineral oil

noun
  1. British any oil of mineral origin, esp petroleum
  2. 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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mineral oil in Medicine

mineral oil

n.
  1. Any of various light hydrocarbon oils, especially a distillate of petroleum.
  2. A refined distillate of petroleum, used as a laxative.
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mineral oil in Science

mineral oil

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