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

Definition of glycol

: diol especially : ethylene glycol

Examples of glycol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Polyethylene glycol is a common active ingredient in over-the-counter laxatives. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021 Polyethylene glycol has been previously linked to a handful of anaphylaxis cases. John Lauerman, Fortune, 31 Dec. 2020 Polyethylene glycol is a compound that appears in a number of pharmaceuticals including some bowel preparations and laxatives. Andrea Diaz And Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 25 Dec. 2020 Ethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze, is very tempting for both cats and dogs because of its sweet taste. Traci Howerton,, 7 Oct. 2020 In addition to the 2% salicylic acid, this liquid leave-on exfoliant has a refreshingly short list of ingredients, including moisturizing butylene glycol and calming green tea extract. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 22 Apr. 2020 Founded in 1979, Pacur is the leading supplier of supplier of extruded polyethylene terephthalate glycol sheet used in packaging of medical devices. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2020 In waxworms, polyethylene metabolizes into a glycol, which is biodegradable. Waxworms are not an end-all solution to plastic waste, however. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2020 The best eczema creams and topical treatments are free of irritants (from scents to glycol acid) and often includes a high amount of ceramides, which are fatty lipid molecules that help moisturize skin. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of glycol

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glycol

International Scientific Vocabulary glyc- + -ol

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glycolic acid

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“Glycol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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