ethylene glycol


Definition of ethylene glycol

: a thick liquid diol C2H6O2 used especially as an antifreeze and in making polyester fibers

Examples of ethylene glycol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Formosa, based in Taiwan, wants to produce polyethylene, polypropylene, polymer and ethylene glycol on 2,400 acres in St. James Parish. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 The organism produced two enzymes that together enabled it to feed on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by breaking it into its building blocks, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, 1 July 2021 Most antifreeze is made with a base chemical called ethylene glycol. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 27 Aug. 2020 So Andre and Marty set out to reengineer a mutant version of the LLC enzyme by studying its crystal structure and identifying amino acids at binding sites for PET's ethylene glycol and terephthalate groups. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2020 Known as leaf-branch compost cutinase (LLC), the enzyme cuts bonds between two building blocks in PET plastics, terephthalate, and ethylene glycol. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2020 That enzyme, known as leaf-branch compost cutinase (LLC), snips the bonds between PET’s two building blocks: terephthalate and ethylene glycol. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 8 Apr. 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:Information on ethylene glycol. Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2020 Most of the ethylene oxide produced in the U.S. is used to synthesize ethylene glycol, a raw material in antifreeze, polyester and plastics. Michael Hawthorne,, 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ethylene glycol

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ethylene glycol was in 1863

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25 Aug 2021

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“Ethylene glycol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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Medical Definition of ethylene glycol

: a thick liquid alcohol C2H6O2 used especially as an antifreeze


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