• Emollient

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ɪˈmɒl.ɪ.ənt/
    • US IPA: /ɪˈmɑl.jənt/

    Origin

    From French émollient, from Latin emolliēns, present active participle of ēmolliō ("make soft"), from e- + molliō, from mollis ("soft").

    Full definition of emollient

    Noun

    emollient

    (plural emollients)
    1. Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
      • 2008, Carol A. Miller, Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults (Fifth edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, p. 505,The effectiveness of an emollient is based on its ability to prevent water evaporation, ...
    2. Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.
      • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas,Attentive conversation is an emollient I lack sorely aboard Prophetess & the doctor is a veritable polymath.

    Adjective

    emollient

    1. Moisturizing.
    2. Soothing or mollifying.
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