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Meaning of EMOLLIENT

Pronunciation:  i'mâlyunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  toiletry consisting of any of various substances resembling cream that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
  2. [adj]  having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

EMOLLIENT is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: cream, demulcent, ointment, salving, soft, softening
 See Also: cold cream, face cream, hand cream, lanolin, nard, spikenard, sunblock, sunblocker, sunscreen, toilet article, toiletries, toiletry, vanishing cream



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E*mol"lient\ (?; 106), a. [L. emolliens, -entis, p.
    pr. of emollire to soften; e out + mollire to soften, mollis
    soft: cf. F. ['e]mollient. See {Mollify}.]
    Softening; making supple; acting as an emollient. ``Emollient
    applications.'' --Arbuthnot.
  2. \E*mol"lient\ (?; 105), n. (Med.)
    An external something or soothing application to allay
    irritation, soreness, etc.
Thesaurus Terms
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