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petrolatum (pet-ro-la´tum)

A yellowish mixture of the softer members of the paraffin or methane series of hydrocarbons, obtained from petroleum as an intermediate product in its distillation; used as a soothing application to burns and abrasions of the skin, and as a base for ointments.petroleum jelly, yellow soft paraffin;
heavy liquid p. mineral oil
hydrophilic p. p. composed of cholesterol 30 g, stearyl alcohol 30 g, white wax 80 g, and white p. 860 g, to make 1000 g.
light liquid p. light mineral oil.
white p. of the same composition as p. except that it is decolorized by treatment with activated charcoal; used for the same purposes as p.white soft paraffin;


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