- a yellowish or whitish, translucent, gelatinous, oily, semisolid, amorphous mass obtained from petroleum: used as a lubricant, rust preventive, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a protective dressing, emollient, and ointment base.
Origin of petrolatum
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Historical Examples of petrolatum
He is aware of the fact that petrolatum is not a fat in the true sense of the word.Candy Medication
The absorbing medium is then treated with a solvent of the caffeol, and the solution is separated from the petrolatum.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
See that solids are thoroughly pulverized and sifted, then add and thoroughly incorporate oil and petrolatum.
Melt the petrolatum and add the tincture of cantharides, and while cooling add the other ingredients.
Melt the petrolatum and wax together and add the tannin while cooling; add the oils and stir until cold.
- a translucent gelatinous substance obtained from petroleum; used as a lubricant and in medicine as an ointment base and protective dressingAlso called: mineral jelly, petroleum jelly
Word Origin for petrolatum
- petroleum jelly