[pe-truh-ley-tuh m, -lah-]
- 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
Also called petroleum jelly.
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- another name for petrolatum
- 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
C19: from petrol + Latin -atum -ate 1
- A colorless-to-amber semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and used in medicinal ointments.petrolatum
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