ethylene glycol


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In those cases, counterfeiters were found to have used diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, which break down into toxic compounds in the body, instead of more expensive nontoxic solvents. Elian Peltier, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Budi on Thursday said some medicinal syrups available in Indonesia contained ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, ingredients that have been linked to fatal AKI in children. Fox News, 28 Oct. 2022 Separate tests by the Indian health ministry found that four of 23 samples contained diethylene glycol or ethylene glycol. Manveena Suri, CNN, 14 Oct. 2022 The ethylene glycol in your radiator is quite toxic if ingested. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2022 Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are used in antifreeze and brake fluids and other industrial applications but also as a cheaper alternative in some pharmaceutical products. Fox News, 6 Oct. 2022 In something akin to a pressure cooker, the startup uses solvents, heat, and water whose pH has been raised to quickly liquify the polyester and break it into monomers—its basic components—of terephthalic acid (PTA) and ethylene glycol (EG). Ian Mount, Fortune, 16 Aug. 2022 The fire occurred in the ethylene glycol plant area of Sinopec's petrochemical complex at approximately 4 a.m. in the city's Jinshan district, the company said on its official Weibo account. Wayne Chang And Yong Xiong, CNN, 17 June 2022 Simultaneously, samples were recovered from Shaun Staudte’s autopsy, where testing revealed the presence of ethylene glycol, one of the raw components of antifreeze. Joseph Diaz, ABC News, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ethylene glycol was in 1863

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“Ethylene glycol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

ethylene glycol

ethylene gly·​col
: a thick liquid alcohol used especially as an antifreeze and in making polyester fibers

Medical Definition

ethylene glycol

: a thick liquid alcohol C2H6O2 used especially as an antifreeze
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