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1. a purified mixture of solid hydrocarbons from petroleum, used for embedding histological specimens and as a stiffening agent in pharmaceutical preparations.
liquid paraffin see mineral oil.
min·er·al oil (MO),(min'ĕr-ăl oyl),
A mixture of liquid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, used as a vehicle in pharmaceutical preparations; occasionally used as an intestinal lubricant; can interfere with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
See mineral oil.
min·er·al oil(MO) (min'ĕr-ăl oyl)
1. a purified hydrocarbon wax used for embedding histological specimens.
2. a saturated hydrocarbon used as a fuel oil. Poisoning causes gastroenteritis and aspiration pneumonia, the latter being secondary to vomiting. Called also alkane, kerosene, lamp oil. See also oil.
paraffin embedding technique
the most commonly used technique for the preparation of slides of tissue for light microscopic examination.
liquid petrolatum. See mineral oil.