glycerol

noun glyc·er·ol \ ˈgli-sə-ˌrȯl , -ˌrōl \

Definition of glycerol

:a sweet syrupy hygroscopic trihydroxy alcohol C3H8O3 usually obtained by the saponification of fats

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Origin and Etymology of glycerol

glycerin + -ol


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glycerol

noun glyc·er·ol \ ˈglis-ə-ˌrȯl , -ˌrōl \

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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