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From Old French lotion, from Latin lotio(a washing), from lavo(to wash); see lave.


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lotion ‎(usually uncountable, plural lotions)

  1. A low- to medium-viscosity topical preparation intended for application to unbroken skin.
  2. (archaic) A washing, especially of the skin for the purpose of beautification.


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  • cream (generally a bit thicker than a lotion)


lotion ‎(third-person singular simple present lotions, present participle lotioning, simple past and past participle lotioned)

  1. (transitive) To cover or treat with a lotion.
    • 2005, Ryan Phillips, Fall from Grace (page 52)
      Grace lotions her arms and legs and joins him in the large walk-in closet where they change out of their clothes and into their pajamas—loose-fitting cotton bottoms for Mike and a lace-trimmed baby doll nightie for Grace.
    • 2011, Jeanne Starr Gater, Bring Back Summertime (page 89)
      I would finish my daily ranging session by lotioning his legs, and lotioning and rubbing his feet.

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