Medical Dictionary


noun glyc·er·ol \ˈglis-ə-ˌrl, -ˌrōl\

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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