Cutting oil

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A lubricating oil applied to a cutting tool or machine. The cutting oil serves as a blade coolant and cleaner. Types of cutting oils are: mineral oil, fatty oils, chlorinated mineral oils, and sulfurized mineral oils.

Synonyms and Related Terms

cutting fluid ; huile de décolletage (Fr.)

Hazards and Safety

Some are human carcinogens due to presence of nitrosamines.


  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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