noun[mass noun] chiefly British
A colourless, odourless oily liquid consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, used as a laxative.
- The maintenance phase consisted of ‘Agarol’ (active ingredients: liquid paraffin, phenolphthalein, benzoic acid, and sorbic acid) 5-30 ml once or twice daily, senna granules, or bisacodyl tablets.
- In children we used olive oil instead, to avoid any laxative effect of liquid paraffin.
- The burn should be covered with a bland ointment such as liquid paraffin.
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