petrolatum

noun
pet·​ro·​la·​tum | \ ˌpe-trə-ˈlā-təm How to pronounce petrolatum (audio) , -ˈlä- How to pronounce petrolatum (audio) \

Definition of petrolatum

Examples of petrolatum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ingredients like petrolatum, glycerin, and coconut oil are especially effective in these formulas. ELLE, 18 June 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 Made from an impressive 98.75% natural ingredients, this body wash is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and irritant SLS. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 Be sure to avoid fragrance, hydroxy acids, alcohol and petrolatum, which can irritate reactive skin. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 The actress launched Honest Beauty in 2015, promising to deliver only the most natural products derived from botanicals and free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, sulfates, and harmful chemicals. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 May 2022 Made from an impressive 98.75% natural ingredients, this body wash is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and irritant SLS. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Made with no sulfates, silicones, petrolatum, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic colors, phthalates, PEGs, or animal ingredients, this scrub is gentle enough for easily irritated skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 In particular, look for ingredients like ceramides, petrolatum, and dimethicone, Shari Marchbein, M.D., dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at NYU School of Medicine, previously told SELF. SELF, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of petrolatum

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrolatum

petrol(eum) + Latin -ātum -ate entry 1

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The first known use of petrolatum was in 1881

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25 Jun 2022

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petrolatum

noun
pet·​ro·​la·​tum | \ ˌpe-trə-ˈlāt-əm How to pronounce petrolatum (audio) , -ˈlät- How to pronounce petrolatum (audio) \

Medical Definition of petrolatum

: a neutral unctuous substance that is practically odorless and tasteless and is insoluble in water, that is obtained from petroleum and differs chemically from paraffin wax in containing unsaturated hydrocarbons or naphthenes as well as alkanes, and that is produced in several forms: as
a : a yellowish to light amber semisolid mass used chiefly as a base for ointments and cosmetics, as a protective dressing, and in lubricating greases

called also petroleum jelly, yellow petrolatum

b : a white or faintly yellowish mass obtained by decolorizing yellow petrolatum and used similarly to it

called also petroleum jelly, white petrolatum, white petroleum jelly

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