petroleum jelly

noun

Definition of petroleum jelly

  1. :  a neutral unctuous odorless tasteless substance obtained from petroleum and used especially in ointments and dressings

First Known Use of petroleum jelly

1883


PETROLEUM JELLY Defined for English Language Learners

petroleum jelly

noun

Definition of petroleum jelly for English Language Learners

  • : an oily substance that is made from petroleum, has no taste or odor, and is used especially in products that are rubbed on the skin to help heal a wound, reduce pain, etc.


Medical Dictionary

petroleum jelly

noun

Medical Definition of petroleum jelly

  1. :  petrolatum a, b


Learn More about petroleum jelly


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up petroleum jelly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

clear to the understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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