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glycerol

noun glyc·er·ol \ˈgli-sə-ˌrl, -ˌrōl\

Definition of GLYCEROL

:  a sweet syrupy hygroscopic trihydroxy alcohol C3H8O3 usually obtained by the saponification of fats

Origin of GLYCEROL

glycerin + -ol
First Known Use: 1880

glycerol

noun glyc·er·ol \ˈglis-ə-ˌrl, -ˌrōl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GLYCEROL

:  a sweet syrupy hygroscopic trihydroxy alcohol C3H8O3 usually obtained by the saponification of fats and used especially as a solvent and plasticizer, as a moistening agent, emollient, and lubricant, and as an emulsifying agent—called also glycerin

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