glyc·​er·​in | \ˈglis-rən, ˈgli-sə-\
variants: or glycerine

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Nourish parched limbs with Rodan + Field's fast-absorbing lotion, which is formulated with a concentrated dose of hyaluronic acid and glycerin that strategically pulls in moisture from the atmosphere. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Supercharged Body Lotions for a Complete Skin Overhaul," 15 Aug. 2018 Breathe uses vegetable glycerin as its propellant, whose long-term effects when inhaled are not known. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 And when my cheeks were feeling a little dry, the hydrating glycerin and sunflower-seed oil in this light and airy lotion got them back in line. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "The August 2018 Allure Beauty Box: See All the Product Samples You'll Get This Month," 1 Aug. 2018 Infused with an impressive blend of calming ingredients like honey extract, rose water, and glycerin, the mask instantly tames irritation and leaves a lovely cooling sensation on the skin. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "I Tried Knours, the Skin-Care Brand That Customizes a Routine Based on Your Menstrual Cycle," 1 June 2018 Thanks to the hydrating blend of fatty oils and moisture-locking glycerin and sodium hyaluronate (a.k.a. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Philosophy Is Turning Its Purity Made Simple Mask Into a Moisturizer," 7 Feb. 2018 The most popular and effective humectants are glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Debris speckled her slick skin, clinging to the homemade serum of glycerin, lanolin, and vitamin E oil that’s preserved her wedding-day face. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and where there are clouds of vegetable glycerin vapor, there are probably essential oil vaporizer pens. Kathryn Tuggle, Good Housekeeping, "The Rise Of The "Personal Diffuser" Stick—Is Essential Oil Vaping Safe?," 19 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of glycerin

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


variants: or glycerine \ˈglis-​(ə-​)rən \

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