- 1. The upper fatty layer that forms in milk on standing or which is separated from it by centrifugalization; it contains about the same amount of sugar and protein as milk, but from 12 to 40% more fat. 2. Any whitish viscid fluid resembling c.. 3. A semisolid emulsion of either the oil-in-water or the water-in-oil type, ordinarily intended for topical use. [L. cremor, thick juice, broth]- cold c. a water-in-oil emulsion of various oils, waxes, and water; the standard formula, rose water ointment, contains expressed almond oil, rose water, spermaceti, white paraffin wax, and sodium borate; used as a cleansing or lubricating c..- greaseless c. SYN: vanishing c..- leukocyte c. SYN: buffy coat.- lubricating c. a form of cold c. used as a massage c. or night c.; it contains lanolin or its derivatives.- vanishing c. an oil-in-water emulsion containing potassium, ammonium, or sodium stearate with water and holding in emulsified form more or less free stearic acid; it also contains a hygroscopic ingredient such as glycerol, and a small amount of a fatty ingredient; it leaves a protective, invisible film of stearic acid on the skin. SYN: greaseless c..
* * *cream 'krēm n1) the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat2) something having the consistency of cream esp a usu. emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparationcreamy 'krē-mē adj
* * *n.a preparation for use on the skin consisting of an emulsion of oil in water, which may or may not contain medication. It rubs into the skin easily, tends to dry the skin, and also contains preservatives, which may be allergenic. Compare ointment.
* * *(krēm) 1. the fatty part of milk from which butter is prepared, or a fluid mixture of similar consistency. 2. in pharmaceutical preparations, a semisolid dosage form being either an emulsion of oil and water or an aqueous microcrystalline dispersion of a long-chain fatty acid or alcohol.
Medical dictionary. 2011.