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Definition: 'Petrolatum'

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petrolatum

Type: Term

Pronunciation: pet-rō-lā′tŭm

Definitions:
1. A yellowish mixture of the softer members of the paraffin or methane series of hydrocarbons, obtained from petroleum as an intermediate product in its distillation; used as a soothing application to burns and abrasions of the skin and as a base for ointments.

Synonyms: petroleum jelly, yellow soft paraffin



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