oleo-, ole-, -oleic, ol-

(Greek > Latin: [olive] oil; fat)

eleotherapy (s) (noun), eleotherapies (pl)
The treatment of diseases by the administration of oils given internally or applied externally: The obsolete term, eleotherapy, indicated the use of injecting an oil into the thoracic cavity to avoid a collapse of a pulmonary lobe.

Eleotherapy, a type of medical care that used oil, was particularly interesting to Janet who wanted to study medicine.

lanolin (s) (noun), lanolins (pl)
Wool fat containing about 30% water: Lanolin, a yellowish viscous substance taken from wool, is used as a base for ointments, skin medications, and cosmetics.
linoleate (s) (noun), linoleates (pl)
In chemistry, any salt or ester of linoleic acid: Linoleate is a salt of the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. It is a colourless or white oil which is actually insoluble in water.
linoleic acid (s) (noun) (no pl)
A colorless liquid, essential to human nutrition: Linoleic acid is found in linseed and other natural oils and used in making soaps, emulsifiers, and quick-drying oils.
linoleum (s) (noun), linoleums (pl)
A tough washable floor covering, made from canvas or other material coated under heat and pressure with powdered cork, rosin, and linseed oil: Because linoleum is an inexpensive and waterproof flooring material, Lynn decided to use it to cover her kitchen floor.
oleaginous (adjective), more oleaginous, most oleaginous
1. Containing an unusual amount of grease or oil: Mrs. Black complained to the waiter that her pizza was much too oleaginous and greasy and wanted to return it.
2. Descriptive of an oil in nature or consistency: When Judy didn't wash her hair for more than a week, she noticed that it seemed to be quite oleaginous!
4. Unpleasantly eager to please, charm, or to be of service to people: The salesman was overly oleaginous to Mrs. Smith who only wanted to buy a simple vacuum cleaner.
5. Unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech, such as "oleaginous hypocrisy" or an "oleaginous comment": Susan was an oleaginous hypocrite who showered Grace with exaggerated compliments.
6. Etymology: directly and via Old French oleagineux, from Latin oleaginus, "of an olive tree, oily, greasy".
oleaginously (adverb), more oleaginously, most oleaginously
Pertaining to how a manner or speech is unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating: Bert was talking oleaginously to Gertrude in a quite obnoxious way.
oleaginousness (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. The quality of condition of being oily: The oleaginousness of the salad was caused by adding too much olive oil to it!
2. The insincerity of pretending to have certain beliefs or qualities that are not there; unctuousness: No one liked Doug with his oleaginousness and charming compliments that were totally superficial and affected.
oleaster (s) (noun), oleasters (pl)
A small tree that is similar to the olive tree: The oleaster has silvery leaves and branches, greenish yellow flowers, and fruit that resembles olives.
oleate (s) (noun), oleates (pl)
1. A salt of oleic acid: The esters of oleic acid are called oleates which are present in the fatty acids of various animal and vegetable fats and oils.
2. A pharmacopeial preparation consisting of a combination or solution of an alkaloid or metallic base in oleic acid: Oleate is used as an inunction, or administration of a drug in ointment form by rubbing to cause absorption of the active ingredient.
oleic (adjective), more oleic, most oleic
1. Derived from or relating to oil: An oleic liquid that is slippery or viscous is found especially in vegetable oil.
2. Derived from or relating to oleic acid: The monounsaturated fat, termed oleic acid, which is present in olive oil, is said to drastically cut the level of genes that encourage breast-cancer.
oleic acid (s) (noun) (no pl)
A colorless oily liquid found in almost all animal and vegetable fats: Oleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid and is used to make soap, ointments, cosmetics, and lubricating oils.
oleiculture (s) (noun), oleicultures (pl)
The production, processing, and marketing of olives: Virginia thought that the best oleiculture was found in Southern California, known as "Graber Olives".
oleiferous (adjective), more oleiferous, most oleiferous
In botany, referring to that which produces oil: For the upcoming biology lesson, Mr. Green told his students to find some oleiferous seeds, either from a natural environment or from some food from a store.
olein, oleina (s) (noun); oleins; oleine (pl)
1. The chief constituent of olive oil: Olein occurs in varying amounts in most fixed oils in addition to olive oil.
2. A yellow oily liquid that occurs naturally in most fats; triolein: Oleic is mainly used as a textile lubricant.
3. The liquid part of any fat: Oleic should be distinguished from the solid or higher melting parts of fats.

Related fat-word units: adipo-; lard; lipo-; obeso-; omento-; pimelo-; pio-; sebo-; steato-.