lan-, lano-

(Latin: wool)

anhydrous lanolin
a yellowish, semisolid fat, obtained from sheep's wool, that is practically insoluble in water but which can be mixed with water to form a stable emulsion and is used as an ointment base.
lanolin, lanoline; wool fat
1. A fatty substance that is obtained from wool and which is used in skin creams to soften the skin.
2. A waxy, fatty secretion of the sebaceous glands of sheep, which is deposited on the wool fibers.
3. The purified wax-like substance from the wool of sheep, cleaned, deodorized, decolorized, and containing not more than 0.25 per cent water; used in the formulation of water-in-oil creams and ointments.
lanose, lonosity