lan·​o·​lin | \ ˈla-nə-lən How to pronounce lanolin (audio) \

Definition of lanolin

: wool grease especially when refined for use in ointments and cosmetics

Examples of lanolin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flavors of yellow apple skin, pineapple, mango and peach are complicated by notes of lanolin and petrol, oozing from every hedonistic drop. Bryce Wiatrak,, "Far Niente: an intimate wine tasting experience," 27 Aug. 2020 The ash would have combined with wool’s lanolin to create saponification. Cody Cassidy, Time, "Who Discovered Soap? What to Know About the Origins of the Life-Saving Substance," 5 May 2020 Free of lanolin, fragrances, preservatives and dyes, this is another great choice for those with sensitive skin. NBC News, "How to heal dry, chapped lips, according to dermatologists," 20 Feb. 2020 Bachik warns that nail-polish removers have oils and lanolin, which can block adhesion of the nail polish. Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times, "How to gently remove your gel manicure and care for your nails at home," 6 Apr. 2020 Bitter almond skin and lanolin are wrapped up in a bracing, waxy texture. Esther Mobley,, "Martha Stoumen’s one-woman natural wine revolution," 26 Feb. 2020 The mask also uses shea butter and lanolin to give it a silky smooth feel that won’t dry your skin out. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "13 popular K-beauty products for the ultimate skincare routine," 2 Apr. 2020 Stevenson and Marchbein recommend Aquaphor for its healing ingredients, which include petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin and glycerin. NBC News, "How to heal dry, chapped lips, according to dermatologists," 20 Feb. 2020 The wax — which is made of beeswax, castor seed oil, and lanolin — goes on thick but immediately melts upon contact with skin. Audrey Noble, Allure, "Ina Garten Shares Her Favorite Glossier Product (and It’s Probably Your Favorite, Too)," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lanolin

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lanolin

Latin lana wool + International Scientific Vocabulary -ol entry 3 + -in entry 1

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The first known use of lanolin was in 1885

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10 Sep 2020

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“Lanolin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lanolin

: an oily substance that comes from sheep's wool and that is used for making soaps and lotions


lan·​o·​lin | \ ˈlan-ᵊl-ən How to pronounce lanolin (audio) \

Medical Definition of lanolin

: a yellowish sticky unctuous mass of refined wool grease that can be absorbed by the skin, contains from 25 to 30 percent incorporated water, and is used chiefly in ointments and cosmetics

called also adeps lanae, hydrous wool fat

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