Definition of glycerin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlisərən/
(also glycerine /-rin/ /-ˌrēn/ /ˌɡlisəˈrēn/)


Another term for glycerol.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: glyc·er·in

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