[ pe-truh-ley-tuh m, -lah- ]
/ ˌpɛ trəˈleɪ təm, -ˈlɑ- /
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.
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- petrol bomb,
- petrol engine,
- petrol pump,
- petrol station,
- petroleum benzin,
- petroleum ether,
- petroleum jelly
Origin of petrolatum
Also called petroleum jelly.
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another name for petrolatum
/ (ˌpɛtrəˈleɪtəm) /
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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A colorless-to-amber semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and used in medicinal ointments.petrolatum
[ pĕt′rə-lā′təm ]
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