Cosmoline

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cosmoline (Chem) A substance obtained from the residues of the distillation of petroleum, essentially the same as vaseline, but of somewhat stiffer consistency, and consisting of a mixture of the higher paraffines; a kind of petroleum jelly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cosmoline The trade-name of a residuum obtained after distilling off the lighter portions of petroleum. It is a mixture of hydrocarbons, melts at from 104° to 125° F., and is a smooth unctuous substance, used in ointments, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. cosmetic, + L. ole,um oil

Usage

In literature:

After the separation of the cord the navel should be dressed with a little cosmoline, still using the absorbent cotton.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
This cosmoline's got to come out o' the tube an' out o' the breech mechanism before we commence shootin'.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
After the separation of the cord the navel should be dressed with a little cosmoline, still using the absorbent cotton.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Subsequently the white precipitate ointment or carbolized cosmoline should be applied daily until the parts are healed.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Melted cosmoline, vaseline, butter, or lard will serve for this purpose.
"Health, Happiness, and Longevity" by Louis Philippe McCarty
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In news:

Cosmoline PTC is a water-based coating that inhibits rust and corrosion on pipes and tubing and improves their ability to resist general or uniform corrosion and localized pitting corrosion.
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