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Medical Term:

adeps lanae


the greasy substance obtained from the wool of the sheep Ovis aries (family Bovidae). Used as an emollient base for creams and ointments.

Synonym(s): hydrous wool fat, lanolin, wool wax

[L. fat of wool]

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