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a colorless, oily, almost tasteless, water-insoluble liquid, usually of either a standard light density (light mineral oil) or a standard heavy density (heavy mineral oil) consisting of mixtures of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum by distillation: used chiefly as a lubricant, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a laxative.
(Brit) any oil of mineral origin, esp petroleum
(US & Canadian) a colourless almost tasteless oily liquid obtained by petroleum distillation and used as a laxative Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) liquid paraffin

mineral oil n.

mineral oil
A colorless, odorless, tasteless oil distilled from petroleum. It is used as a lubricant and, in medicine, as a laxative.


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