emulsion

noun emul·sion \ i-ˈməl-shən \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of emulsion

1 a : 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 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

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

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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

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EMULSION Defined for English Language Learners

emulsion

noun

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

emulsion

noun emul·sion \ i-ˈməl-shən \

Definition of emulsion for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

emulsion

noun emul·sion \ i-ˈməl-shən \

medical Definition of emulsion

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 : 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

emulsive

play \-ˈməl-siv\ adjective


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