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 Prevent corn earworms by depositing a little mineral oil in the silks five days after silks appear and begin to turn brown. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 25 May 2024 The bullet pierced the cooling fins of the transformer, as intended, causing mineral oil to gush onto the sagebrush. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 Petroleum jelly is a mixture of natural mineral oils and waxes, a gel-like substance commonly used to moisturize dry skin and protect skin against blisters and rashes. Bella Gerard, Health, 26 Jan. 2024 India mainly exports aluminum, organic chemicals, and iron and steel to Greece, whose exports to India include minerals, mineral oils, sulfur, aluminum foil, electrical machinery and equipment and building stones. Ashok Sharma, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for mineral oil 

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Word History

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mineral oil was in 1771

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“Mineral oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineral%20oil. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

mineral oil

: an oil (as petroleum) of mineral origin
especially : a purified petroleum oil having no color, odor, or taste that is used especially as a laxative

Medical Definition

mineral oil

: a liquid product of mineral origin that has the viscosity of an oil
: 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

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