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EMOLLIENT

 Dictionary entry overview: What does emollient mean? 

EMOLLIENT (noun)
  The noun EMOLLIENT has 1 sense:

1. 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

  Familiarity information: EMOLLIENT used as a noun is very rare.


EMOLLIENT (adjective)
  The adjective EMOLLIENT has 1 sense:

1. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

  Familiarity information: EMOLLIENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMOLLIENT (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

emollient; ointment; cream

Hypernyms ("emollient" is a kind of...):

toilet article; toiletry (an artifact used in making your toilet)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "emollient"):

cold cream; coldcream; face cream; vanishing cream (a cream used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin)

hand cream (moisturizing cream for the hands)

lanolin (an emollient containing wool fat (a fatty substance obtained from the wool of sheep))

nard; spikenard (an aromatic ointment used in antiquity)

sun blocker; sunblock; sunscreen (a cream spread on the skin; contains a chemical (as PABA) to filter out ultraviolet light and so protect from sunburn)


EMOLLIENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

Synonyms:

demulcent; emollient; salving; softening

Similar:

soft (yielding readily to pressure or weight)


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