a distilled oil, especially one obtained from plant tissue, as distinguished from glyceride oils by their volatility and failure to saponify.
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Origin of volatile oil
First recorded in 1790–1800
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British Dictionary definitions for volatile oil
another name for essential oil
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Medicine definitions for volatile oil
A rapidly evaporating oil of plant derivation, especially an essential oil, that is capable of distillation and that does not leave a stain.ethereal oil
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