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sunscreen

or sun screen

[ suhn-skreen ]
/ ˈsʌnˌskrin /
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noun

a substance formulated to prevent sunburn, skin cancers, and other conditions caused by excessive exposure to the sun, usually by absorbing and reflecting ultraviolet radiation.Compare SPF.
a lotion, cream, etc., containing such a substance.
a latticework or similar construction to shield a patio, atrium, or the like, from direct sunlight.

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Origin of sunscreen

First recorded in 1730–40; sun + screen
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British Dictionary definitions for sunscreen

sunscreen
/ (ˈsʌnˌskriːn) /

noun

a cream or lotion applied to exposed skin to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun
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Medical definitions for sunscreen

sunscreen
[ sŭnskrēn′ ]

n.

A preparation, often in the form of a cream or lotion, used to protect the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
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