Emollience



[ih-mol-yuh nt] /ɪˈmɒl yənt/

adjective
1.
having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin:
emollient lotions for the face.
Synonyms: relieving, palliative, healing, assuasive.
noun
2.
an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.
/ɪˈmɒlɪənt/
adjective
1.
softening or soothing, esp to the skin
2.
helping to avoid confrontation; calming
noun
3.
any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin
adj.

1640s, from French émollient (16c.), from Latin emollientem (nominative emolliens), present participle of emollire “soften,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + mollire “soften,” from mollis “soft” (see melt (v.)). The noun is recorded from 1650s.

emollient e·mol·lient (ĭ-mŏl’yənt)
adj.
Softening and soothing, especially to the skin. n.
An agent that softens or soothes the skin.

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