mineral oil


Definition of mineral oil 

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

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Examples of occlusive ingredients that can cause acne are waxes, petroleum, and mineral oil. Ramona Emerson, Allure, "How to Remove Your Halloween Makeup and Face Paint Without Wrecking Your Skin," 15 Oct. 2018 To increase the life of these beauties, wash them by hand and treat them with mineral oil once in a while. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "A Few of Our Favorite Food Things Right Now," 6 Sep. 2018 In the mineral oil group, 34 percent had moderate improvement and 19 percent had excellent improvement. Korin Miller, SELF, "Does Coconut Oil Actually Work Any Magic on Eczema?," 19 July 2018 So many are loaded with mineral oil and/or parabens. Jamie Beckman, Allure, "Sasha Grey on How Her Signature Makeup Has Shaped Her Extensive Career," 14 June 2018 The campaign will identify products that are made without ingredients like surfactants (chemicals used to help clean and create suds) SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, musks, or mineral oil. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Sephora Is Launching a ‘Clean’ Beauty Section," 11 May 2018 On April 1, twin oil pipelines beneath the straits were dented and about 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of mineral oil insulation fluid leaked from two electric cables. Detroit Free Press, "Emergency rule prohibits most anchoring in Straits of Mackinac," 24 May 2018 The Mayo Clinic specifically recommends using mineral oil, olive oil, or baby oil to try to float the critter out. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Common Is It Actually for a Bug to Crawl in Your Ear?," 1 May 2018 Enbridge used mechanical tools to inspect their interior after two electric cables in the vicinity leaked 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of insulation fluid containing mineral oil and benzene earlier this month. Washington Post, "Senators want temporary halt of oil flow through pipelines," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mineral oil

1771, in the meaning defined above

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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

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