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 Tart citrus, medium+ bodied, glycerol and textured. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 29 June 2022 But when researchers formed bubbles with a high concentration of glycerol — a compound commonly used in a host of foods and medicines — the compound was highly effective in staving off the sphere's inevitable death by pop. David K. Li, NBC News, 21 Jan. 2022 So glycerol is better able to absorb water from air, thereby compensating for evaporation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2022 This will frighten some into trying less-common strategies like hyperhydration with sodium or glycerol. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 18 Sep. 2019 This preliminary research suggests that the bacteria love glycerol and glycol. Jackie Rocheleau, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 The mock viral droplets being released contain ingredients common in household products, such as glycerol, which is found in soap, and fluorescent dye found in laundry detergent. Paul Berger, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2020 That recipe includes suggested volumes of alcohol, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide, and sterile water., 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, 17 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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6 Jul 2022

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“Glycerol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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