glycerol

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noun glyc·er·ol \ˈgli-sə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl\

Definition of glycerol

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

Origin and Etymology of glycerol

glycerin + -ol


First Known Use: 1880


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glycerol

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noun glyc·er·ol \ˈglis-ə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl\

Medical Definition of glycerol

  1. :  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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