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

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Recent Examples on the Web Finally, the glycerin-gel technology lets the formula slide across the skin and delivers a dose of hydration. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 May 2021 This new full-body moisturizer reportedly contains shea butter and glycerin in addition to a delightful blend of various moisturizing oils, from sunflower to baobab to Kalahari melon. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 May 2021 Skin is left brighter looking, plus there’s also 7% glycerin to keep skin hydrated all day long. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The paraben-free formula also contains glycerin to help skin retain moisture. Rebecca Deczynski,, 27 Apr. 2021 This set infuses your hair with moisture using hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 Mar. 2021 Drying foliage upside down will usually crinkle the leaves, so Carroll suggested using vegetable glycerin. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2021 Good Housekeeping Seal star Aquaphor is formulated with smoothing panthenol and glycerin for a silky finish, and is clinically proven to restore healthy skin while decreasing dryness and irritation. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 3 Mar. 2021 So created a formula that contains all-natural essential oils and vegetable glycerin to help bedraggled cuticles. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Glycerin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 glycerin (audio) \

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