polyethylene glycol


Definition of polyethylene glycol

: any of a series of polymers H(OCH2CH2)nOH where n is greater than three that vary from viscous liquids to waxy solids and are used especially as lubricants and in medical and biotechnological applications abbreviation PEG

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Treat constipation aggressively with laxatives such as polyethylene glycol. Wendy Glaberson, M.d., miamiherald, "What can I do about my child's bedwetting? | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of polyethylene glycol

: any of a series of polymers H(OCH2CH2)nOH where n is greater than three that vary from viscous liquids to white solids and are used in medicine especially as laxatives and as bases for pharmaceutical ointments and cosmetic creams abbreviation PEG

Note: The covalent attachment of polyethylene glycol chains to biomolecules ((see pegylation)) is used especially to improve the bioavailability, solubility, and stability of therapeutic agents and to reduce their immunogenicity.

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