: an aloe (Aloe barbadensis synonym A. vera) whose leaves furnish a gelatinous emollient extract used especially in cosmetics and skin creams
also : such an extract or a preparation composed primarily of such an extract

Examples of aloe vera in a Sentence

a skin cream that contains aloe vera
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, aloe vera and sunflower seed oil plumps and conditions skin. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 21 Nov. 2023 Examples include hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and alpha hydroxy acid. Brittany Johnson, Verywell Health, 17 Oct. 2023 Of course, gentle hydrators like aloe vera and crystalline coconut are also featured for conditioning benefits. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2023 These pants are available in sizes XS through XL, feature a relaxed wide-leg fit, and are treated with aloe vera to add a soothing touch to the skin. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 What to Look for in a Moisturizer for Rosacea Here are some important things to consider when shopping for a rosacea-friendly moisturizer: Ingredients to Look For: Focus on ingredients that soothe and reduce inflammation, like niacinamide, aloe vera, and squalene. Lindsay Modglin, Verywell Health, 17 Oct. 2023 Through a blend of aloe vera, cucumber extract, and soy proteins, this wash aims to remove dirt and makeup, while soothing redness, hydrating skin, and boosting elasticity. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2023 This formula also contains soothing ingredients such as oatmeal and aloe vera to minimize and null any irritation-inducing side effects. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 19 July 2023 The silky blend of shea butter and aloe vera does the job of a daily moisturizer, while building up subtle color that has a dewy sheen. Liana Schaffner, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


New Latin, species name, from Aloe + Latin vera, feminine of verus true — more at very entry 2

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aloe vera was in 1766

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Cite this Entry

“Aloe vera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aloe%20vera. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

aloe vera

: an aloe plant whose leaves contain a jellylike substance that is soothing to the skin
also : such a substance or a preparation consisting mostly of such a substance

Medical Definition

aloe vera

: a plant of the genus Aloe (A. barbadensis synonym A. vera) whose leaves furnish a gelatinous emollient extract used especially in cosmetics and skin creams
: an extract of the aloe vera plant
also : a preparation composed predominantly of such an extract
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