petrolatum [pe-truh-ley-tuh m, -lah-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a yellowish or whitish, translucent, gelatinous, oily, semisolid, amorphous mass obtained from: used as a lubricant, rust preventive, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a protective dressing, emollient, and ointment base.
Origin of petrolatum 1885–90, Americanism; New Latin; see, Also called petroleum jelly. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petrolatum Historical Examples of petrolatum
He is aware of the fact that petrolatum is not a fat in the true sense of the word.
The absorbing medium is then treated with a solvent of the caffeol, and the solution is separated from the petrolatum.
William H. Ukers
See that solids are thoroughly pulverized and sifted, then add and thoroughly incorporate oil and petrolatum.
Melt the petrolatum and add the tincture of cantharides, and while cooling add the other ingredients.
William K. David
Melt the petrolatum and wax together and add the tannin while cooling; add the oils and stir until cold.
William K. David
British Dictionary definitions for petrolatum petrolatum noun a translucent gelatinous substance obtained from petroleum; used as a lubricant and in medicine as an ointment base and protective dressingAlso called: mineral jelly, petroleum jelly Word Origin for petrolatum C19: from petrol + Latin -atum -ate 1 Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 petrolatum in Medicine petrolatum [pĕt′rə-lā′təm] n. petroleum jelly The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.