emollient

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj emollient having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
    • n emollient 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Emollient (Med) An external something or soothing application to allay irritation, soreness, etc.
    • a Emollient Softening; making supple; acting as an emollient. "Emollient applications."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • emollient Softening; making soft or supple; serving to relax the solids of anything.
    • n emollient A therapeutic agent or process which softens and relaxes living tissues, as a poultice or massage. The word was formerly applied to the so-called demulcents.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. emolliens, -entis, p. pr. of emollire, to soften; e, out + mollire, to soften, mollis, soft: cf. F. émollient,. See Mollify

Usage

In literature:

Use palliatives, employ emollients; there is no remedy.
"What is Property?" by P. J. Proudhon
Mr. Bucket brings the finger into play as an emollient.
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
Opii, and Camphor, and prescribed quiet and emollients.
"Condensed Novels" by Bret Harte
Diet, that is all; sedatives, emollients, dulcification.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Ben rushed, and had an emollient; spouted again and was corked; again, and received a neat red-waxen stopper.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
Methinks I can tent this wound, and treat it with emollients.
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
These comprise anthelmintics, demulcents, diluents, and emollients.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
An able surgeon cured Candide in three weeks by means of emollients taught by Dioscorides.
"Candide" by Voltaire
Diet, that is all; sedatives, emollients, dulcification.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The most rigorous and implacable of men can be buttered, she thought, if the emollient be dexterously applied.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
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In poetry:

No med'cine, no plaster, no physic, no salve,
No herbs, no emollients, you ever can have,
No nostrum, but Jesus's blood, can be found
To heal sin's wide-gaping, and anguishous wound.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Botanically Derived Emollient Base for Youthful Hydration.
Humectants vs Emollients vs Occlusive Agents.
Botanically Derived Emollient Base for Youthful Hydration.
Succinic Acid Emollients for Natural Skin Feel and Shine.
Zenitech has added an emollient butter to its Zenifresh line that can be used in hair, skin and sun care products.
Tomato Seed Oil Emollient .
Baobab Oil and Vegetable Glycerin Emollients.
Evaluating the Physiochemical Properties of Emollient Esters for Cosmetic Use.
Evaluating the Physiochemical Properties of Emollient Esters for Cosmetic Use CosmeticsAndToiletries.com.
A 41-year-old man with Down's syndrome was referred to our dermatology department in December, 1998 with longstanding psoriasis which was treated with emollients.
Succinic Acid Emollients for Natural Skin Feel and Shine.
Mr Tusk 's response was cautious and emollient.
Welfare reform is the latest area in which ministers are attempting to demonstrate action this week - and the contrast in tone between tough-talking Conservatives and emollient Liberal Democrats is marked and deliberate.
Emollient with Water-holding Capacity .
The formulation containing 3% of the emollient hydrated the skin 30% better, compared to a 15% for the olive oil formulation and 10% for the caprylic/capric triglyceride formulation.
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