mineral oil


Definition of mineral oil

: an oil of mineral origin especially : a refined petroleum oil used especially as a laxative

Examples of mineral oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, apply an oil that contains either mineral oil or argan oil. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 1 June 2021 This keeps the mineral oil in and moisture out of your wood. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 May 2021 It is made from coconut oil, natural beeswax, pure mineral oil, and Vitamin E. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 May 2021 Soak the finished product in mineral oil for half an hour. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 1 May 2021 This drugstore classic is free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petroleum. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Other early research has held that the topical application of coconut oil may improve skin moisture for those with dry skin about as much as mineral oil, although more studies are required to verify the claims. Zachary Visconti, chicagotribune.com, 14 Apr. 2021 There’s no parabens, there’s no mineral oil, there’s none of that. Blake Newby, Essence, 13 Apr. 2021 Protect the cheese board with a coating of food-grade mineral oil or butcher-block cream. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mineral oil

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mineral oil was in 1771

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9 Jun 2021

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“Mineral oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineral%20oil. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of mineral oil

1 : a liquid product of mineral origin that has the viscosity of an oil
2 : a transparent oily liquid obtained usually by distilling petroleum and used chiefly in medicine for treating constipation and especially formerly as a demulcent and solvent for nose and throat medication

called also liquid petrolatum, white mineral oil

More from Merriam-Webster on mineral oil

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about mineral oil


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