Definition of ethylene glycol in English:

ethylene glycol

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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A colourless viscous hygroscopic liquid used as an antifreeze, in the manufacture of polyesters, and in the preservation of ancient waterlogged timbers.
    • Alternative name: ethanediol; chemical formula: CH2(OH)CH2OH
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    • Polyesters were first produced in England in 1941 by condensing ethylene glycol with terephthalic acid.
    • Two of the coolants extensively used are ethylene glycol and propylene glycol.
    • Instead, purchase animal-friendly antifreeze, which contains propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol, the center says.

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