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 It's made with nourishing ingredients like mineral oil, beeswax, and restorative postbiotics, that soothe and balance the skin. Nicol Natale, PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2022 Conditioners may use synthetic materials such as mineral oil (from petrol) or silicones to coat your hair in a protective film. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 Ingredients to look for: Hydrating and moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, dimethicone, shea butter, squalane, aloe, petrolatum, mineral oil, and argan oil. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 19 July 2022 This Boos Block Cream is made from a mixture of beeswax and mineral oil, and it can also be applied to wood bowls and utensils. Megan Wahn, Bon Appétit, 13 July 2022 In some cases, if ordered bare, the skillet is dipped in mineral oil to protect it in transit but a simple wash with water will wash it all off and be ready to season. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 15 Apr. 2022 The county mostly uses a mineral oil for larviciding, Sinsko said. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2022 The formula is paraben-free, petrolatum-free, mineral oil-free, vegan and free from artificial colors. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 The formula is also 100 percent vegan and made without parabens, sulfates, fragrance, talc, GMOs, mineral oil and other irritants and allergens. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mineral oil.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of mineral oil

1771, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About mineral oil

Time Traveler for mineral oil

Time Traveler

The first known use of mineral oil was in 1771

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near mineral oil


mineral oil

mineral orange

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for mineral oil

Last Updated

8 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Mineral oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineral%20oil. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for mineral oil

mineral oil


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


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!