volatile oil


Definition of volatile oil

: an oil that vaporizes readily especially : essential oil

Examples of volatile oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This flammable substance is a blend of burnable resins and volatile oils, which seep into every part of the tree. Tim Macwelch, Popular Science, "Eight ways an evergreen tree could save your life," 26 Dec. 2019 Master's tip: Grating horseradish crushes the cells of the root, releasing the volatile oils (isothiocyanates), which give horseradish its heat. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow And Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of volatile oil

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Volatile oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volatile%20oil. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of volatile oil

: an oil that vaporizes readily especially : essential oil — compare fatty oil

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