wool fat

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wool fat

2. See lanolin.

wool fat


wool grease

(Elements & Compounds) another name for lanolin


(ˈlæn l ɪn)

a fatty substance, extracted from wool, used in ointments, waterproof coatings, etc.
Sometimes, lan•o•line (-ɪn, -ˌin) Also called wool fat.
[1880–85; < Latin lān(a) wool + -ol2 + -in1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wool fat - a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics
ointment, salve, unguent, balm, unction - semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
animal oil - any oil obtained from animal substances
References in periodicals archive ?
Can absorb large amounts of water and have a hydrophobic fatty base in which wool fat, wool alcohols, sorbitan esters, mono glycerides, or fatty alcohols render them hydrophilic.
It's the skin fat of sheep (wool fat), and it is almost the same chemically as sebum, which is the skin fat of humans.
While lanolin, or sheep wool fat, is great for restoring the natural oiliness to the skin, you don't want to go around smelling like a flock of sheep.