Definition of glycerin in English:


Syllabification: glyc·er·in
Pronunciation: /ˈglisərin
(also glycerine /-rin, -ˌrēn, ˌglisəˈrēn/)


  • another term for glycerol.
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    • Moisturizers contain humectants, such as glycerin, methyl glucose esters, lanolin, or mineral oil, that replace oils in the skin and promote its effectiveness as a moisture barrier.
    • The transesterification reaction breaks the link between the fatty acid and glycerine, using base catalysis and an alcohol.
    • Castor oil is also a source of glycerine, and the combination of glycerine and hydroxy fatty acids makes it an excellent emollient and pigment carrier.


mid 19th century: from French glycerin, from Greek glukeros 'sweet'.

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