Definition of glycol in English:


Line breaks: gly¦col
Pronunciation: /ˈglʌɪkɒl


  • 1 short for ethylene glycol.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈkɒlɪk/
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  • Mild alphahydroxy acids formulated into the cleanser can make a nice addition for smoother, fresher skin (look for lactic, glycolic and fruit acid complexes).
  • Or opt for products that contain pore-clearing exfoliators like retinol or alpha-hydroxy, glycolic or salicylic acids.
  • Opt for a chemical exfoliator with natural skin: sloughers like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid.


Pronunciation: /-ˈkɒlɪk/


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

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