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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pet-ro-la'tum

Definition: 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.

Synonym(s): petroleum jelly, yellow soft paraffin

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