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mineral oil

Pronunciation: min'er-al oyl

Definition: A mixture of liquid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, used as a vehicle in pharmaceutical preparations; occasionally used as an intestinal lubricant; can interfere with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

Synonym(s): heavy liquid petrolatum, liquid paraffin, liquid petroleum

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