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 It's formulated with heavy-duty moisturizing ingredients like castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2021 Some cultures used it for bathing and others for washing cloth or stripping wool of its lanolin before weaving it. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Scents of saline, melon, lemon balm and lanolin grabbed my attention. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 23 Jan. 2021 This wine embodies that perfect balance between fat & acid - boasting a fragrant nose full of sweet apricot, pear & ginger spice, alongside lemon curd and a lanolin mouthfeel. cleveland, 3 Dec. 2020 Many people are actually allergic to some of the seemingly ‘good’ ingredients in many balms, such as lanolin, beeswax, and coconut oil. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Nov. 2020 Vegan gum lovers rejoice: Big League Chew is 100% vegan, and not made with lanolin like a number of non-vegan gums. Taylyn Washington-harmon,, 16 Oct. 2020 Flavors of yellow apple skin, pineapple, mango and peach are complicated by notes of lanolin and petrol, oozing from every hedonistic drop. Bryce Wiatrak,, 27 Aug. 2020 The ash would have combined with wool’s lanolin to create saponification. Cody Cassidy, Time, 5 May 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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“Lanolin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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