emollient


1emol·lient

adjective \i-ˈmäl-yənt\

Definition of EMOLLIENT

1
:  making soft or supple; also :  soothing especially to the skin or mucous membrane <an emollient hand lotion>
2
:  making less intense or harsh :  mollifying <soothe us in our agonies with emollient words — H. L. Mencken>

Origin of EMOLLIENT

Latin emollient-, emolliens, present participle of emollire to soften, from e- + mollis soft — more at mollify
First Known Use: 1626

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

2emollient

noun

Definition of EMOLLIENT

:  something that softens or soothes

First Known Use of EMOLLIENT

1656

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

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