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.
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