emollient

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emollient

any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin
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emollient

[ə′mäl·yənt]
(pharmacology)
A softening agent, especially for use on skin and mucous membranes; lanolin is widely used as a base.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.