Definition of glycerol
: a sweet syrupy hygroscopic trihydroxy alcohol C3H8O3 usually obtained by the saponification of fats
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The moth caterpillar also accomplishes this feat by producing sugar—specifically, the alcohol glycerol.
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Origin and Etymology of glycerol
glycerin + -ol
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of glycerol
: a sweet syrupy hygroscopic trihydroxy alcohol C3H8O3 usually obtained by the saponification of fats and used especially as a solvent and plasticizer, as a moistening agent, emollient, and lubricant, and as an emulsifying agent—called also glycerin
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