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 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 3 Apr. 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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“Glycerol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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