Definition of Emollient

1. Noun. Toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin.

Exact synonyms: Cream, Ointment
Specialized synonyms: Cold Cream, Coldcream, Face Cream, Vanishing Cream, Hand Cream, Lanolin, Nard, Spikenard, Sun Blocker, Sunblock, Sunscreen
Generic synonyms: Toilet Articles, Toiletry
Derivative terms: Cream

2. Adjective. Having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin.
Exact synonyms: Demulcent, Salving, Softening
Similar to: Soft
Derivative terms: Demulcent

Definition of Emollient

1. a. Softening; making supple; acting as an emollient.

2. n. An external something or soothing application to allay irritation, soreness, etc.

Definition of Emollient

1. Noun. Something which softens or lubricates the skin. ¹

2. Noun. Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable. ¹

3. Adjective. Moisturizing. ¹

4. Adjective. Soothing or mollifying. ¹

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Definition of Emollient

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Medical Definition of Emollient

1. Softening or soothing. Synonym: malactic. Origin: L. Emolliens = softening This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Emollient

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Literary usage of Emollient

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1. Rational Hydrotherapy: A Manual of the Physiological and Therapeutic Effects by John Harvey Kellogg (1901)
"1462 emollient Baths.—- In certain forms of cutaneous irritation great relief is afforded by the employment of an emollient bath, which consists of an ..."

2. Practical therapeutics by Edward John Waring (1874)
"emollient. Employed chiefly for pharmaceutical purposes, in which it has the great ... emollient and demulcent; its virtues in this respect residing in two ..."

3. Washington Close-ups: Intimate Views of Some Public Figures by Edward George Lowry (1921)
"... THE GREAT emollient POLITICALLY Mr. Harding belongs to the same age, era, epoch, or period as the wooden Indians who used to stand so massively, ..."

4. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"COLLOID AND emollient LAXATIVES These act mainly by retaining water in the intestine through imbibition, and thus modifying the bulk and consistency of the ..."

5. The Modern Practice of Physic: Exhibiting the Characters, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Thomas (1813)
"The parts affected are to be well fomented with clothe >ped in a warm infusion of emollient herbs, and after ward ч be ip pod up in flannel. ..."

6. A Sketch of the Botany of South-Carolina and Georgia by Stephen Elliott (1821)
"<. ii o\\x in bogs and ponds ; very common. The fresh roet is bruised and applied cold in form of a poultice to 'inflamed surfaces as an emollient and ..."

7. A Treatise on the Venereal Disease by John Hunter, Ph. Ricord, Freeman Josiah Bumstead (1859)
"Of Local Applications—Different Kinds of Injections; Irritating, Sedative, emollient, Astringent. Local applications may be either internal to the urethra, ..."

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