glyc·​er·​in | \ ˈglis-rən How to pronounce glycerin (audio) , ˈgli-sə- \
variants: or glycerine

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Recent Examples on the Web To make the sanitizer, fill a bottle two-thirds of the way with alcohol (look for a rubbing alcohol that's at least 91%) and one-third aloe or glycerin. Esther Mobley,, "To fight coronavirus, that hand sanitizer might be made from whiskey," 24 Mar. 2020 Also look for water-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin—also found in all Olay Regenerist creams, including Olay Regenerist Whip—which attract and hold onto water within your skin. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "This Under-the-Radar Drugstore Face Cream Is the Superhero of Skincare," 20 Sep. 2019 Besides moisturizers like glycerin, the RéVive products include lactic and glycolic acid, which help slough off the dead skin that can build up in the winter, and niacinamide to help even out skin tone. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "These Creams Will Make Your Dry Skin Forget About Winter," 19 Feb. 2020 Its glycerin, oat and shea butter formulation is one of the most consistently effective on the market. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Beauty Awards," 28 Apr. 2020 The last ingredient, glycerin, acts as a hydrating and smoothing agent to offset the adverse effects of the harsher chemicals on people’s skin. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland company hustles to fill hand sanitizer orders," 23 Apr. 2020 Aveeno’s Intense Relief Hand Cream contains oatmeal, moisturizing glycerin and petrolatum, and quickly absorbs into the skin. cleveland, "Dry, cracked hands from all the washing, antibacterial gel? Try these 16 highly-rated lotions," 27 Mar. 2020 Stevenson and Marchbein recommend Aquaphor for its healing ingredients, which include petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin and glycerin. NBC News, "How to heal dry, chapped lips, according to dermatologists," 20 Feb. 2020 Hand saniziter is fairly simple to make, with just three ingredients: alcohol, glycerin, and peroxide. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "This Vermont Distillery Is Now Making Hand Sanitizer," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of glycerin

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glycerin

French glycérine, from Greek glykeros sweet; akin to Greek glykys

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The first known use of glycerin was in 1830

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5 Jun 2020

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“Glycerin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of glycerin

technical : a thick, sweet, clear liquid used in making medicines, food, soap, etc.


variants: or glycerine \ ˈglis-​(ə-​)rən How to pronounce glycerine (audio) \

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