lo·tion | \ ˈlō-shən \

Definition of lotion 

: a liquid preparation for cosmetic or external medicinal use

Examples of lotion in a Sentence

a bottle of suntan lotion

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Around the same time, Yarosh led a phase III clinical trial in which test subjects prone to skin cancer applied a T4N5 liposome lotion for one year. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 Ashley wears a patch and uses lotion containing cannabidiol, or CBD oil, with a small amount of THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis, last December. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois lawmakers vote to let kids take medical marijuana in school," 19 May 2018 Then seal in the moisture by applying lotion no more than three minutes later. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 19 Mar. 2018 Gallo's team has been trying a lotion using two benign staph bacteria — Staphylococcus hominis and Staphylococcus epidermidis — to fight the effects of the harmful Staphylococcus aureus. NBC News, "Could these bacteria stop skin cancer?," 28 Feb. 2018 Fareva Group will take over production of lipstick, body lotion, face cream and other products at Avon’s factory and warehouse in Morton Grove, Ill., people familiar with the plan said. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Avon Sells Its Last U.S. Factory," 6 July 2018 Treatment for dermatitis caused by sea lice can include an antihistamine, such diphenhydramine, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or an oatmeal bath. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Sea lice reported on Florida beach," 27 June 2018 Once a skin rash has developed, the Mayo Clinic advises you to apply cortizone cream and calamine lotion for the first few days to alleviate pain. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy," 4 June 2018 Ointments, such as hydrocortisone 1 percent cream or calamine lotion, can lessen symptoms but should not be used on children younger than 2 without a doctor's permission. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Diseases from mosquito and tick bites are on rise in U.S. Here's what you can do about it.," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of lotion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lotion

Middle English loscion, from Latin lotion-, lotio act of washing, from lavere to wash — more at lye

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English Language Learners Definition of lotion

: a liquid that is rubbed onto your skin or hair


lo·tion | \ ˈlō-shən \

Kids Definition of lotion

: a creamy liquid preparation used on the skin especially for healing or as a cosmetic


lo·tion | \ ˈlō-shən \

Medical Definition of lotion 

1 : a liquid usually aqueous medicinal preparation containing one or more insoluble substances and applied externally for skin disorders

2 : a liquid cosmetic preparation usually containing a cleansing, softening, or astringent agent and applied to the skin hand lotion aftershave lotion

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