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Emollient

Updated: Nov 16

Pronunciation: [ ih-mol-yuhnt ]


Definition: adjective; noun

1 : having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin

2 : an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.

Origin: 1635; Latin


Etymology: from Latin emollient- ‘making soft’, from the verb emollire, from e- (variant of ex- ‘out’) + mollis ‘soft’


Usage:



Synonyms:

  • relieving

  • healing

  • moisturizing

  • palliative

  • balsamic

  • soothing

  • softening

Example: Rose petals add a lovely fragrance and act as an emollient.

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