Definition of glycerol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɪs(ə)rɒl/


[mass noun]
A colourless, sweet, viscous liquid formed as a by-product in soap manufacture. It is used as an emollient and laxative, and for making explosives and antifreeze.
Example sentences
  • The acetins are derivatives of glycerol that are prepared by heating glycerol with acetic acid.
  • Such agents include glucose, propylene glycerol, polyethylene glycol and hypaque.
  • Fats can be reduced in a solution of sodium hydroxide to produce glycerol and another kind of lipid, soap.


Late 19th century: from glycerine + -ol.

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Line breaks: gly|cerol

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