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Petrolatum vs. Petroleum

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Main Difference

The main difference between Petrolatum and Petroleum is that the Petrolatum is a chemical substance used as lubricating agent and Petroleum is a naturally occurring flammable liquid.

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  • Petrolatum (noun)

    petroleum jelly

  • Petroleum (noun)

    a flammable liquid ranging in color from clear to very dark brown and black, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, occurring naturally in deposits under the Earth's surface

    "oil|gas|gasoline|petroil|petrol"

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  • Petrolatum (noun)

    another term for petroleum jelly

  • Petroleum (noun)

    a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons which is present in suitable rock strata and can be extracted and refined to produce fuels including petrol, paraffin, and diesel oil; oil.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Petrolatum (noun)

    A semisolid unctuous substance, neutral, and without taste or odor, derived from petroleum by distilling off the lighter portions and purifying the residue. It is a yellowish, fatlike mass, transparent in thin layers, and somewhat fluorescent. It is used as a bland protective dressing, and as a substitute for fatty materials in ointments.

  • Petroleum (noun)

    Rock oil, mineral oil, or natural oil, a dark brown or greenish inflammable liquid, which, at certain points, exists in the upper strata of the earth, from whence it is pumped, or forced by pressure of the gas attending it. It consists of a complex mixture of various hydrocarbons, largely of the methane series, but may vary much in appearance, composition, and properties. It is refined by distillation, and the products include kerosene, benzine, gasoline, paraffin, etc.

Webster Dictionary
  • Petrolatum (noun)

    a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication

  • Petroleum (noun)

    a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

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