This mixture of oil and vinegar is an emulsion.
The definition of an emulsion is a suspension where an unmixable liquid is held in another liquid.
An example of an emulsion is oil in vinegar.
a stable colloidal suspension, as milk, consisting of an immiscible liquid dispersed and held in another liquid by substances called emulsifiers; specif.,
- Pharmacy such a suspension used as a vehicle for medication
- Photog. a suspension of a salt of silver, platinum, etc. in gelatin or collodion, used to coat plates, film, and paper
Origin of emulsionModern Latin emulsio from Classical Latin emulsus, past participle of emulgere, to milk or drain out from e-, out + mulgere, to milk
- A suspension of small globules of one liquid in a second liquid with which the first will not mix: an emulsion of oil in vinegar.
- A photosensitive coating, usually of silver halide grains in a thin gelatin layer, on photographic film, paper, or glass.
Origin of emulsionNew Latin ēmulsiō ēmulsiōn- from Latin ēmulsus past participle of ēmulgēre to milk out ē-, ex- ex- mulgēre to milk ; see melg- in Indo-European roots.