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emulsion

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noun emul·sion \i-ˈməl-shən\

Simple Definition of emulsion

  • : a mixture of liquids

  • : a thin coating on photographic film or paper that contains chemicals which are sensitive to light

Full Definition of emulsion

  1. 1 a :  a system (as fat in milk) consisting of a liquid dispersed with or without an emulsifier in an immiscible liquid usually in droplets of larger than colloidal size b :  the state of such a system

  2. 2 :  suspension 2b(3); especially :  a suspension of a sensitive silver salt or a mixture of silver halides in a viscous medium (as a gelatin solution) forming a coating on photographic plates, film, or paper

Examples of emulsion

  1. <milk is basically an oil-in-water emulsion>



Origin of emulsion

New Latin emulsion-, emulsio, from Latin emulgēre to milk out, from e- + mulgēre to milk; akin to Old English melcan to milk, Greek amelgein


First Known Use: 1612

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EMULSION Defined for Kids

emulsion

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noun emul·sion \i-ˈməl-shən\

Definition of emulsion

  1. :  two liquids mixed together so that tiny drops of one liquid are scattered throughout the other




Medical Dictionary

emulsion

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noun emul·sion \i-ˈməl-shən\

Medical Definition of emulsion

  1. 1a:  a system (as fat in milk) consisting of a liquid dispersed with or without an emulsifier in an immiscible liquid usually in droplets of larger than colloidal sizeb:  the state of such a system

  2. 2:  suspension 2; especially :  a suspension of a sensitive silver salt or a mixture of halides of silver in a viscous medium (as a gelatin solution) forming a coating on photographic plates, film, or paper

  3. emul·sive \-ˈməl-siv\play adjective





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