from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless-to-amber semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and used in lubricants and medicinal ointments. Also called petrolatum.
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- n. A pale yellow semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in lubricants and ointments.
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- n. a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication
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Super-cheap mineral oil and petroleum jelly may be derived from natural petroleum, for example, but they are so highly processed exposed to heat and pressure that they no longer readily break down in the environment or on the skin.
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