Sunscreen
: A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions that contain sunscreens can reduce the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.
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A topical product that protects the skin from ultraviolet-induced erythema and resists washing off; its use also reduces formation of solar keratoses and reduces ultraviolet-B-induced melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers and wrinkling.

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sun·screen -.skrēn n a preparation (as a lotion) applied to the skin to prevent sunburn (as by chemically absorbing ultraviolet radiation) also its active ingredient (as benzophenone) compare sunblock
sun·screen·ing adj

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sun·screen (sunґskrēn″) a topical agent that protects the skin from the effects of the sun's rays, either absorbing ultraviolet radiation or by reflecting the incident light, or both. Called also solar screen or sun screen. The term is often used interchangeably with sunblock.

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  • Sunscreen — (also known as sunblock or suntan lotion [ Nassau County Health Department [http://www.jacksonville.com/tu online/stories/061408/nen 290072672.shtml Jacksonville online] ] ) is a lotion, spray or other topical product that absorbs or reflects the …   Wikipedia

  • sunscreen — as a type of lotion applied to the skin, by 1954, from SUN (Cf. sun) + SCREEN (Cf. screen) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sunscreen — [n] sunblock skin protection, sunblocker, sun cream, suntan lotion; concepts 466,467,468 …   New thesaurus

  • sunscreen — ► NOUN ▪ a cream or lotion rubbed on to the skin to protect it from the sun …   English terms dictionary

  • sunscreen — [sunskrēn΄] n. 1. a substance, esp. para aminobenzoic acid, used in tanning lotions, cosmetics, etc. to block certain ultraviolet rays of the sun and reduce the danger of sunburn 2. such a preparation …   English World dictionary

  • sunscreen — UK [ˈsʌnˌskriːn] / US [ˈsʌnˌskrɪn] noun Word forms sunscreen : singular sunscreen plural sunscreens 1) [countable/uncountable] a cream that you can rub onto your skin to stop it from being burned by the sun 2) [countable] a screen that you put on …   English dictionary

  • sunscreen — noun Sunscreen is used before these nouns: ↑lotion …   Collocations dictionary

  • sunscreen — [[t]sʌ̱nskriːn[/t]] sunscreens N MASS A sunscreen is a cream that protects your skin from the sun s rays, especially in hot weather …   English dictionary

  • sunscreen — noun Date: 1738 1. a screen to protect against sun 2. a preparation (as a lotion) applied to the skin to prevent sunburn (as by chemically absorbing ultraviolet radiation); also its active ingredient (as benzophenone) compare sunblock •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sunscreen — /sun skreen /, n. 1. a substance formulated to prevent sunburn, skin cancers, and other conditions caused by excessive exposure to the sun, usually by absorbing and reflecting ultraviolet radiation. Cf. SPF. 2. a lotion, cream, etc., containing… …   Universalium

  • sunscreen — noun a form of sunblock, often having a lower sun protection factor …   Wiktionary

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