One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thick, smooth liquid preparation designed to be applied to the skin for medicinal or cosmetic purposes.
ointment, cream, salve, balm, rub, emollient, moisturizer, lubricant, unguent, liniment, embrocation, poulticeView synonyms
- ‘Doctors treat scabies by prescribing a medicated cream or lotion to kill the mites.’
- ‘If hands are washed during the period of treatment, then the cream or lotion should be reapplied.’
- ‘Use lotion or creams to soften and heal your skin if it becomes dry and cracked.’
- ‘A lotion applied while the skin is still wet will seal in the moisture.’
- ‘The best time to put on lotion is after your shower, when your skin is all dewy and your pores are open.’
- ‘Sally, my wife, would rub my arm with lotion and baby oil to make the skin look alive again.’
- ‘Surgical removal of lesions is usually only considered if other treatments such as medicines or creams and lotions are not an option.’
- ‘Various preparations such as lotions, gels, creams and ointments are available to suit the different areas to be treated.’
- ‘Most corticosteroids are available as solutions, lotions, creams and ointments.’
- ‘Does the manufacturer recommend compatible lotions or skin moisturizers?’
- ‘He also stresses the importance of keeping the skin lubricated with creams or lotions.’
- ‘They can be applied directly to the skin as lotions, creams or ointments.’
- ‘Sometimes jaundice causes itching which can be treated with preparations such as calamine lotion.’
- ‘Use creams, ointments, or lotion many times throughout the day to keep the skin soft.’
- ‘Keep your skin moisturized using creams and lotions designed to prevent stretch marks.’
- ‘Hydrocortisone creams and lotions may soothe your skin and relieve itching.’
- ‘Different skin creams and lotions may be more effective on dry, oily or sensitive skin.’
- ‘She had remarkably soft skin, he noticed, and wondered what type of lotion she used.’
- ‘The nurses can give your child medicine to make them feel better and lotion for their dry skin.’
- ‘I went back to my hotel to apply lotion liberally to my sunburnt skin.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin lotio(n-), from lot- ‘washed’, from the verb lavare.
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