Definition of mineral oil in US English:

mineral oil


  • A distillation product of petroleum, especially one used as a lubricant, moisturizer, or laxative.

    ‘lipstick may contain mineral oil and artificial colors’
    count noun ‘a skin lotion containing glycerine and a blend of mineral oils’
    • ‘If you need to discontinue a prohibited product, such as a dairy-cow feed-supplement premix that contains mineral oil, research an approved substitute.’
    • ‘The singers have complained that theatrical fog - a mixture of alcohol and mineral oil - is a health hazard.’
    • ‘Swiss experts recently revealed that well over half of all mineral oils used in the production of chicken feed exceed Swiss safety limits between 10 and 100 times.’
    • ‘Mineral oil is not used in aromatherapy because mineral oil is not a natural product.’
    • ‘As a general rule, you should try to avoid facial creams that contain mineral oils, which are petroleum-based, because they might leave a greasy film on your skin and clog your pores as a result.’
    • ‘At that time virtually all available liquids, apart from vegetable and mineral oils, were acidic.’
    • ‘Most natural makeup bases use products such as jojoba oil and candelilla wax instead of petrochemicals such as mineral oil (a gasoline production by-product), says Upton.’
    • ‘Products produced from petroleum, such as mineral oils, are classified as petrochemical pollutants.’
    • ‘These include such things as pumpkin, mineral oils and even butter.’
    • ‘Where hardness can be sacrificed, whale, cotton seed and mineral oils are used.’
    • ‘Petroleum and mineral oils clog your pores and do not allow them to properly regulate natural oil production, actually making your skin dryer in the long run.’
    • ‘There was no history of alcohol or drug abuse, ingestion of mineral oils or of recent travel.’
    • ‘Oils from non-food crops can be used to produce everything from plastics to cosmetics and offer a high grade, natural alternative to traditional mineral oils.’
    • ‘Solid lubricants such as soap, molybdenum disulphide or graphite are preferred to mineral oils and greases.’
    • ‘Neurons in the brain respond to the oily texture regardless of its exact chemical makeup; to these cells, coconut oil ‘tastes’ the same as peanut oil, corn oil, mineral oil, and silicone oil.’
    • ‘If you have a product, which is more than two years old, it is based on mineral oils.’
    • ‘Timely fungicide spraying and use of fogging with mineral oils will help to prevent this disease.’
    • ‘Beware of products that contain petroleum or mineral oils; they will damage your leather goods over time.’
    • ‘The whole country was scarred because people never expected malicious dealers to polish stale rice with mineral oil just to gain a higher price.’
    • ‘He'd hang them on a clothesline, scrape them and then rub mineral oil into the skins.’


mineral oil

/ˈmin(ə)rəl oil//ˈmɪn(ə)rəl ɔɪl/