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 Ethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze, is very tempting for both cats and dogs because of its sweet taste. Traci Howerton,, "Sago palms are deadly to pets: See symptoms of poisoning and list of other toxiic plants," 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, "This Cult-Favorite Exfoliant Is the Only Thing That Truly Clears Up My Acne," 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, "Bice: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson defends Pacur sale amid accusations of insider trading by other GOP senators," 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, "These tiny, plastic-munching caterpillars can clean up our world – but there's a catch," 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, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020 Substances stored in the warehouses include methanol and triethylene glycol, both of which are flammable, and hazardous chemicals used in epoxies, the records say. Scott Dance,, "EPA waits to clear barrels of chemicals from Southeast Baltimore warehouse: ’It’s a biohazard - just chilling’," 7 Nov. 2019 To get a better idea of the long-term effects of nicotine, Tang and his collaborators exposed 45 mice to an aerosol of nicotine dissolved in isopropylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, a common vehicle for vaping liquids. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "Mice that vaped nicotine for a year had a dramatic increase in tumor growth, study finds," 7 Oct. 2019 The barges contained soybean oil, lube oil, naphtha and monoethylene glycol, the Coast Guard said. Christina Maxouris And Dakin Andone, CNN, "Barges break loose and strike a bridge near Houston after Imelda forces 400 water rescues and strands 300 drivers," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of glycol was in 1857

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17 Oct 2020

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“Glycol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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