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1. Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
2. Making less harsh or abrasive; mollifying: the emollient approach of a diplomatic mediator.
1. An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
2. An agent that assuages or mollifies.
1. (Medicine) softening or soothing, esp to the skin
2. helping to avoid confrontation; calming
(Medicine) any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin
[C17: from Latin ēmollīre to soften, from mollis soft]
1. having the power to soften or soothe: an emollient lotion for the skin.n.
2. an emollient substance.
[1635–45; < Latin ēmollient-, s. of ēmolliēns, present participle of ēmollīre to soften =ē- e- + mollīre to soften, derivative mollis soft]
emollient, emolliate - Emollient is from Latin emolliere, "to soften"; to emolliate is to soften or make effeminate.
See also related terms for soften.
a medical preparation that has a soothing effect on surface tissues.See also: Remedies
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|Noun||1.||emollient - toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin|
cold cream, coldcream, face cream, vanishing cream - a cream used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin
hand cream - moisturizing cream for the hands
lanolin - an emollient containing wool fat (a fatty substance obtained from the wool of sheep)
sun blocker, sunblock, sunscreen - a cream spread on the skin; contains a chemical (as PABA) to filter out ultraviolet light and so protect from sunburn
|Adj.||1.||emollient - having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin|
soft - yielding readily to pressure or weight
1. soothing, softening, assuaging, palliative, balsamic, mollifying, moisturizing, demulcent, lenitive, assuasive an emollient cream which I find invaluable for sunburn
a. emoliente, que suaviza la piel o mucosas interiores.