glyc·​er·​ol | \ ˈgli-sə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce glycerol (audio) , -ˌrōl \

Definition of glycerol

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

Examples of glycerol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That recipe includes suggested volumes of alcohol, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide, and sterile water., "Hand Sanitizer Shortages Push FDA to Let Pharmacists Make It," 10 May 2020 If ointment leaves your child feeling greasy, use a cream with glycyrrhetinic acid, urea, glycerol or oats in it. Hallie Levine, New York Times, "What to Do About Your Kid’s Eczema," 17 Apr. 2020 Inside a lab at UC Berkeley, glycerol is mixed with other products to create hand sanitizer for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "A Berkeley lab, a team of volunteers and a mission to make sanitizer for the most vulnerable," 13 Apr. 2020 For example, the FDA requires that producers use pharmaceutical-grade ingredients (ethanol or isopropyl alcohol in an aqueous solution, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide, and distilled water) and follow an exact recipe, called a monograph. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Jewelry. Candles. Hand Sanitizer. Welcome to Coronavirus Etsy," 24 Mar. 2020 Add 417 milliliters of hydrogen peroxide and 145 milliliters of glycerol and top it up with distilled water (or cold, boiled water). Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Make Hand Sanitizer in Bulk," 7 Apr. 2020 From liquor to sanitizer Sammons uses ethanol, glycerol and hydrogen peroxide, as recommended by the World Health Organization, to make the batches of sanitizer. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When three homeless Waukesha shelters faced low sanitizer supplies, a Bay View distillery made it for them," 3 Apr. 2020 Ethanol is combined with glycerol and hydrogen peroxide to make the sanitizer. USA TODAY, "Travel restrictions, activities for kids, rising caseloads: News from around our 50 states," 31 Mar. 2020 After getting the nod from federal agencies and securing hydrogen peroxide and glycerol from one of its chemical suppliers, Yellowhammer switched to full production of hand sanitizer at 4 a.m. on Monday, March 23. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "American craft brewers were already in trouble. Then came coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of glycerol

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glycerol

glycerin + -ol

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The first known use of glycerol was in 1880

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24 May 2020

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“Glycerol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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glyc·​er·​ol | \ ˈglis-ə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce glycerol (audio) , -ˌrōl How to pronounce glycerol (audio) \

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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