light mineral oil

light mineral oil

noun Chemistry.

  1. See under mineral oil.


  1. a colorless, oily, almost tasteless, water-insoluble liquid, usually of either a standard light density (light mineral oil) or a standard heavy density (heavy mineral oil), consisting of mixtures of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum by distillation: used chiefly as a lubricant, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a laxative.


  1. British any oil of mineral origin, esp petroleum
  2. US and Canadian a colourless almost tasteless oily liquid obtained by petroleum distillation and used as a laxativeAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): liquid paraffin


  1. Any of various light hydrocarbon oils, especially a distillate of petroleum.
  2. A refined distillate of petroleum, used as a laxative.

  1. A colorless, odorless, tasteless oil distilled from petroleum. It is used as a lubricant and, in medicine, as a laxative.

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