emulsion

noun

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

Examples of emulsion in a Sentence

milk is basically an oil-in-water emulsion
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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of emulsion was in 1612

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Cite this Entry

“Emulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulsion. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

emulsion

noun
emul·​sion i-ˈməl-shən How to pronounce emulsion (audio)
: a material consisting of a mixture of liquids that do not dissolve in each other and having droplets of one liquid scattered throughout the other
an emulsion of oil in water

Medical Definition

emulsion

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

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