petroleum jelly


Definition of petroleum jelly 

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

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According to Zeichner, petrolatum and petroleum jelly can interfere with the proper functioning of the skin, alter the vagina’s natural pH, and contribute to bacterial overgrowth. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 Ignore all those old wives’ tales about slathering nail polish, petroleum jelly, or other substances onto the tick. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 For tinder, stuff petroleum jelly–soaked cotton balls into a couple of film canisters. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "The Ultimate DIY Bug-Out Bag," 27 June 2018 And like petroleum jelly, baby powder can also be used on chafed skin to soothe the irritation. Maria Masters,, "7 Ways to Prevent Thigh Rub," 6 May 2016 Another cost-effective way to remove the product is to use petroleum jelly. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Falling asleep with mascara on can be dangerous — top mascara beauty tips," 6 June 2018 Applying petroleum jelly to the area between going can help protect the skin, too, Dr. Bedford says. Korin Miller, SELF, "12 Colonoscopy Prep Tips From Gastroenterologists to Make the Whole Thing Less Hellish," 18 May 2018 On a twin bed covered by a thin clear plastic sheet, sat a bag with surgical gloves, a jar of petroleum jelly, cotton wool, some pain killers and the needle, attached to a long, thin tube, which is used to drain the fluid into a bucket on the floor. Alex Platt, CNN, "Trump's ban on global abortion funding has led to more abortions," 24 May 2018 Apply moisturizing ointments such as petroleum jelly several times daily especially soon after bathing., "Bath additives not needed to treat eczema," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of petroleum jelly

1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of petroleum jelly

: 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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