Meaning of glycerol in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡlɪsərɒl/

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mass noun
  • A colourless, sweet, viscous liquid formed as a by-product in soap manufacture. It is used as an emollient and laxative, and for making explosives and antifreeze.

    A trihydric alcohol; chemical formula: CH₂(OH)CH(OH)CH₂(OH)

    ‘The acetins are derivatives of glycerol that are prepared by heating glycerol with acetic acid.’
    • ‘Such agents include glucose, propylene glycerol, polyethylene glycol and hypaque.’
    • ‘Fats can be reduced in a solution of sodium hydroxide to produce glycerol and another kind of lipid, soap.’
    • ‘The fats or oils from these sources are isolated and hydrolyzed to produce glycerol and fatty acids.’
    • ‘Fatty acids form esters with alcohols, and the common esters are glycerides, because the alcohol involved is glycerol.’


Late 19th century from glycerine+ -ol.