Definition of glycol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlīkôl/


1 Short for ethylene glycol.
Example sentences
  • A glycol is an aliphatic organic compound in which two hydroxyl groups are present.
  • Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov had hydrolyzed methylene acetate while trying to form methyl glycol and produced formaldehyde gas.
  • Simulant rockets containing water or ethyl glycol instead of chemical agent were used to train soldiers on the proper handling and firing of the M55.
1.1 Chemistry another term for diol.
Example sentences
  • Aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, ketones, ethers, glycols and higher alcohols are not corrosive to magnesium and its alloys.
  • Vapor diffusion systems involving solutions with high concentrations of high molecular weight polyethylene glycols and low ionic strengths are very sensitive to drop volume and take a longer time to equilibrate.
  • Aliphatic dihydric alcohols are known as glycols.


Mid 19th century (applied to ethylene glycol): from glycerin + -ol (originally intended to designate a substance intermediate between glycerine and alcohol).

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Syllabification: gly·col

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