gly·​col | \ ˈglī-ˌkȯl How to pronounce glycol (audio) , -ˌkōl\

Definition of glycol

: diol especially : ethylene glycol

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Among the first to undergo evaluation is Propyl paraben, which is used as a preservative in various shampoos, conditioners, and lotions, and Methylene glycol (more commonly known as formaldehyde), which is used in a slew of hair treatments. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "Are Your Beauty Products Toxic? A New Senate Bill Aims to Tackle Unregulated Ingredients," 9 Mar. 2019 The researchers also showed that a common adulteration—switching glycerol for diethylene glycol during the production of cold medicine—was easily detectable. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine," 17 Sep. 2018 Counterfeit cold medicines are often made out of a nasty concoction known as diethylene glycol (DEG), which is a clear, colorless, odorless, viscous liquid with a sweet taste. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Simple Musical Instrument Can Detect Poison," 13 Sep. 2018 Alcohol also finds its way into the new formulation, as well as caprylyl glycol (another skin-conditioning agent), and chlorphenesin (a synthetic preservative). Sable Yong, Allure, "How Glossier’s New Perfecting Skin Tint Formula Compares to the Original," 11 Sep. 2018 The company has identified the cause of the engine fires as leaks of glycol coolant in their exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires," 14 Aug. 2018 For example, butylene glycol is an organic alcohol that’s often used for conditioning, and is a humectant. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "What’s in Your Sheet Mask?," 28 Mar. 2018 After that, elements like amino acids and glycol proteins help to repair and restore the skin. Phillip Picardi, Allure, "La Prairie's Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir Serum Is a $1200 Promise for "Newborn Skin"," 6 Mar. 2018 The Ohio Craft Brewers Association held its annual convention in Cleveland, offering seminars on topics ranging from glycol piping design considerations to carbonation and nitrogenation techniques. Marc Bona,, "Goldhorn Brewery, Ohio Brewing Co., Barn Talk Hops, Haus Malts - news bubbles up at craft-beer convention," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of glycol

1857, in the meaning defined above

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International Scientific Vocabulary glyc- + -ol

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gly·​col | \ ˈglī-ˌkȯl How to pronounce glycol (audio) , -ˌkōl How to pronounce glycol (audio) \

Medical Definition of glycol

: ethylene glycol broadly : a related alcohol containing two hydroxyl groups

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