Definitions for emollientɪˈmɒl yənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•mol•lientɪˈmɒl yənt(adj.)

  1. having the power to soften or soothe:

    an emollient lotion for the skin.

  2. (n.)an emollient substance.

Origin of emollient:

1635–45; < L ēmollient-, s. of ēmolliēns, prp. of ēmollīre to soften =ē-e - +mollīre to soften, der. mollis soft


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cream, ointment, emollient(adj)

    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

  2. demulcent, emollient, salving, softening(adj)

    having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin


  1. emollient(Noun)

    Something which softens or lubricates the skin.

  2. emollient(Noun)

    Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.

  3. emollient(Adjective)


  4. emollient(Adjective)

    Soothing or mollifying.

  5. Origin: From emolliens, present active participle of emollio, from e- + mollio, from mollis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emollient(adj)

    softening; making supple; acting as an emollient

  2. Emollient(noun)

    an external something or soothing application to allay irritation, soreness, etc


  1. Moisturizer

    Moisturizers or emollients are complex mixtures of chemical agents specially designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable. They increase the skin's hydration by reducing evaporation. Naturally occurring skin lipids and sterols, as well as artificial or natural oils, humectants, emollients, lubricants, etc., may be part of the composition of commercial skin moisturizers. They usually are available as commercial products for cosmetic and therapeutic uses, but can also be made at home using common pharmacy ingredients.


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