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lanolin

Syllabification: lan·o·lin
Pronunciation: /ˈlanəlin
 
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Definition of lanolin in English:

noun

A fatty substance found naturally on sheep’s wool. It is extracted as a yellowish viscous mixture of esters and used as a base for ointments.
Example sentences
  • Moisturizers contain humectants, such as glycerin, methyl glucose esters, lanolin, or mineral oil, that replace oils in the skin and promote its effectiveness as a moisture barrier.
  • Vitamin D3 from sheep's wool, lanolin, is acceptable as halal.
  • The young émigré began by packaging and peddling lanolin - sheep oil - disguising the odor with extracts of lavender, pine bark, and water lilies.

Origin

late 19th century: coined in German from Latin lana 'wool' + oleum 'oil' + -in1.

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