emulsion

noun
emul·​sion | \ i-ˈməl-shən How to pronounce emulsion (audio) \

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 size
b : the state of such a system
2 : suspension sense 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

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Examples of emulsion in a Sentence

milk is basically an oil-in-water emulsion
Recent Examples on the Web This includes a chocolate martini variation - the Tiramisu cocktail, made with a coffee-cream emulsion, Kahlua Chocolate Liqueur, Mozart Chocolate Liqueur, a touch of Disaronno Amaretto, and of course the signature Barriere chocolate disc. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 The prettiest pasta is beef-stuffed tortelli, dappled with an emulsion of smoked mozzarella and set on a grass-green puree of rapini. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 The mustard, garlic, and anchovies that get mixed into the egg yolk will help support the emulsion. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 The plant should take up the fish emulsion quickly. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 Schrader’s moral inquiry hinges, as usual, on a semi-successful emulsion of narrative contrivance and philosophical seriousness. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The tomato was incorporated sometime in the 18th century, and eventually the blender turned salmorejo into an undemanding emulsion and summertime salvation. Bon Appétit, 13 Aug. 2021 Soups and salads on the menu include a tomato soup with lemon and sunflower seed ($8) and peach salad with herb emulsion, feta, basil, mint, sesame and tajin ($12). Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Aug. 2021 Whisk the remaining marinade into an emulsion and spoon some of it over the shrimp and vegetables. Washington Post, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of emulsion

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Emulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulsion. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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emulsion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of emulsion

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

emulsion

noun
emul·​sion | \ i-ˈməl-shən How to pronounce emulsion (audio) \

Kids Definition of emulsion

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

emulsion

noun
emul·​sion | \ i-ˈməl-shən How to pronounce emulsion (audio) \

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 size
b : the state of such a system
2 : suspension sense 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

Other Words from emulsion

emulsive \ -​ˈməl-​siv How to pronounce emulsion (audio) \ adjective

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