petrolatum

[ pe-truh-ley-tuh m, -lah- ]
/ ˌpɛ trəˈleɪ təm, -ˈlɑ- /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. petrol bomb,
  2. petrol engine,
  3. petrol pump,
  4. petrol station,
  5. petrol.,
  6. petrolene,
  7. petroleum,
  8. petroleum benzin,
  9. petroleum ether,
  10. petroleum jelly

Origin of petrolatum

1885–90, Americanism; < New Latin; see petroleum, -ate2

Also called petroleum jelly.

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British Dictionary definitions for petroleum jelly

petroleum jelly

noun

another name for petrolatum

petrolatum

/ (ˌpɛtrəˈleɪtəm) /

noun

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

C19: from petrol + Latin -atum -ate 1

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Medicine definitions for petroleum jelly

petroleum jelly

n.

A colorless-to-amber semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and used in medicinal ointments.petrolatum

petrolatum

[ pĕt′rə-lātəm ]

n.

petroleum jelly

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