: diol
especially : ethylene glycol

Examples of glycol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The balls, slightly smaller than ping-pong balls and two-toned like fishing bobbers, contain a powdered chemical that reacts with glycol antifreeze to generate flames about 30 seconds after the machine injects that substance. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2024 To avoid it, scan ingredient lists for toluene sulfonamide/formaldehyde resin, formalin, and methylene glycol – all ingredients that indicate formaldehyde is either in the formula or released by the formula. Marci Robin, Allure, 29 Jan. 2024 Brazilian blowout products are often marketed as formaldehyde-free, but Baum tested some of them in his lab and found that the methylene glycol emitted relatively high concentrations of formaldehyde. Syris Valentine, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 The ingredient at work in Brazilian blowouts is methylene glycol, which emits gaseous formaldehyde when heated. Syris Valentine, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 At the time, all three compressors -- one of those intended as a backup -- were being run just to power the north rink alone, where glycol was leaking from a system buried in concrete. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2023 Last fall, 66 children died in the Gambia after taking cough medicine made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals—an Indian company based in Haryana—that also included elevated levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, according to testing done by the World Health Organization. Diego Lasarte, Quartz, 10 Mar. 2023 Thin pipes snake around, back and forth, atop a layer of insulation, and they’re filled with a glycol solution that is warmed up and pumped around. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 1 Feb. 2023 Pharmaceuticals Propylene glycol is widely used as a solvent in drug manufacturing. Tolu Ajiboye, Verywell Health, 2 July 2023

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary glyc- + -ol

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glycol was in 1857

Dictionary Entries Near glycol

Cite this Entry

“Glycol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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