Definition of emulsion
1a : a system (such 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 : suspension 2b(3); especially : a suspension of a sensitive silver salt or a mixture of silver halides in a viscous medium (such as a gelatin solution) forming a coating on photographic plates, film, or paper
Examples of emulsion in a Sentence
milk is basically an oil-in-water emulsion
Recent Examples of emulsion from the Web
There’s also vegan gnudi made from cashew cheese with wild mushrooms in sweet pea and truffle emulsion and chargrilled octopus with potato and cauliflower mash.
Water is used in the manufacturing process to create an emulsion with coolants for milling and turning, as well as for washing or rinsing during the finishing of cylinder heads, crank cases, crank shafts, and connecting rods.
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Origin and Etymology 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
EMULSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emulsion for English Language Learners
: a mixture of liquids
: a thin coating on photographic film or paper that contains chemicals which are sensitive to light
EMULSION Defined for Kids
Definition of emulsion for Students
: two liquids mixed together so that tiny drops of one liquid are scattered throughout the other
Medical Definition of emulsion
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: 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
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