lan·​o·​lin ˈla-nə-lən How to pronounce lanolin (audio)
: wool grease especially when refined for use in ointments and cosmetics

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Vanicream Unscented Gentle Facial Cleanser is great for those with sensitive skin, thanks to its gentle paraben-, fragrance-, and lanolin-free formula infused with glycerin. Michelle Rostamian, Allure, 4 Jan. 2023 Rich lanolin provides a dense moisture factor that's tough enough to stand up to even the driest environments. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 29 Dec. 2022 Pure lanolin hydrates dry and chapped lips, skin patches, cuticles, elbows, and more. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 27 Dec. 2022 Vanicream’s body wash doesn’t contain harsh agents that typically irritate the skin like dyes, fragrances, soaps, botanical extracts and lanolin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 The hair benefits from this product with the use of beeswax and lanolin to trap and preserve moisture, cetyl palmitate to nourish the hair from the root up, and ceteareth-20 to condition. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Cow, goat, deer, and sheep leathers differ in durability and softness and contain varying amounts of lanolin—a natural wax that keeps the material from getting brittle. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 21 Mar. 2020 Examples of occlusives are petroleum, beeswax, mineral oil, silicones, lanolin, and zinc oxide. Tamim Alnuweiri,, 19 Jan. 2022 Formulated with natural oils like lanolin, the cream moisturizes and softens the skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lanolin was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Lanolin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


lan·​o·​lin ˈlan-ᵊl-ən How to pronounce lanolin (audio)
: the fatty coating of sheep's wool especially when purified for use in ointments and cosmetics

Medical Definition


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