petroleum jelly

noun
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of petroleum jelly

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

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First Known Use of petroleum jelly

1883

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PETROLEUM JELLY Defined for English Language Learners

petroleum jelly

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.


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