Petrolatum meaning

pĕtrə-lātəm, -lätəm
A greasy, jellylike substance consisting of a mixture of semisolid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum: it is used as a base for ointments, in leather dressing, etc.
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Petroleum jelly.
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Origin of petrolatum

  • From petrol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition